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Library Stokes Your Baseball Fever Tonight

Trio of writers with baseball books out will discuss the Giants' 2010 World Series championship and deeper issues like the sport's impact on U.S. foreign policy.

Are you experiencing withdrawal from the San Francisco Giants' particular brand of torture? Wish that would've lasted a week instead of that one glorious day? Need that ?

The has just what the doctor ordered. Looking to stoke Giants fever and expand the conversation into some deeper issues, the library has lined up a trio of writers to discuss America's pastime in a free panel discussion tonight in the Creekside Room at 7 p.m.

The first is San Rafael resident Dan Fost, longtime writer for the Marin Independent Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, who couldn't have picked a better time to publish his coffee table book, Giants Past and Present, which came out in March.

Fost will be joined by Mill Valley's Robert Elias, author of The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy & Promoted the American Way Abroad. The tome chronicles baseball's impact as a driver and tool of American foreign policy.

Jason Turbow, author of The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign-Stealing and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime, rounds out the panel. Turbow's book provides a behind-the-scenes look at baseball's unwritten codes of conduct, retaliatory behaviors and cheating.

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