Although hes a baseball man himself and has played minor-league pro ball in both the United States and Sweden, as well as doing a stint with Englands national team, Chetwynd says new favorites from his research include the rattan raga used in the Southeast Asian sport of takraw, the handmade pelotas used in jai-alai, and the Maori ki, woven from indigenous plants for New Zealands national game of ki-o-rahi. It takes balls to talk about this topic in public, he admits: Ive heard it all: How are those balls hanging? Are you done playing with your balls yet? Its been a lot of fun.
Chetwynd will share stories and sign copies of his book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder (go to http://boulderbookstore.indiebound.com or 303-447-2074) and tomorrow night, also at 7:30 p.m., at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue (www.tatteredcover.com or 303-322-1965).
Mon., May 9, 7:30 p.m., 2011