Monday, August 18, 2014

MC to welcome "The Rookie" for festival kick-off

"Books in the Basin"
October 10-11, 2014
Midland, Texas

The Books in the Basin festival is being spearheaded by the Midland County Library and the Ector County Library. The two-day event, in which area colleges are also participating, will feature numerous authors who will give talks and sign books. Every type of book will be represented: romance authors, Texas fiction, Texas history, gardening and nature, true crime, science fiction, sports, and children's books. Events will take place in both Midland and Odessa at various libraries, including the Midland College Fasken Learning Resource Center.

The festival will kick-off at 12:00 noon on October 10 at the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room with a complimentary light lunch and lecture by Jim “The Rookie” Morris. After lunch, the Midland College Fasken Learning Resource Center will host various authors for panel discussions and book signings.

Jim Morris will also be present to sign his autobiography in the Scharbauer Student Center after his presentation. His published autobiography was the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid.

Morris' childhood dream of becoming a major league baseball player was derailed by injuries and, admittedly, a lack of maturity. Eleven years after his retirement from baseball, Morris' dream was re-ignited by his then rag-tag high school team, when he was trying to inspire them to follow their dreams. They made each other the following bet: If they won a District Championship, Morris would have to try out for a major league team.

Morris' team won the District Championship, and Morris followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Morris achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out all-star Royce Clayton with a 98 mph fastball!

In a world lacking in real-life heroes, Morris' message will focus on following your dreams and keeping your promises.

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