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  • Community of Writers

    A teacher support program dedicated to improving student writing achievement by improving the quality of writing instruction. Read More

  • Wordstock

    Over the last decade, over a thousand authors have spoken at Wordstock, including superstars like Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Dave Eggers, John Irvine and Joyce Carol Oates. We’ve drawn over 150,000 people; we’ve hosted dozens of writing workshops; and we’ve even raised a little money for Community of Writers. Read More

  • Career Timeline

    Larry's big league career was on a Tuesday. He pitched two innings against Cincinnati, giving up one run. A few days later, he separated his shoulder and that was the end of his big league career (and the accidental beginning of his writing career). Read More

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    More Tales From a Book Tour
    I was off to Atlanta to appear at the Decatur Book Festival, a literary event that boasts of an attendance between 80 and 90 thousand.  I was scheduled to speak on a panel with three other writers.  Seemed like a long way to go to maybe sell a dozen books…which wouldn’t even cover the cost […]
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    Tales from a Book Tour
    As authors we spent endless hours toiling away in our garrets fretting over whether the masses will connect with our words and stories.  In breathless anticipation of a book’s release, we imagine reviewers drooling over themselves in praise of our syntax, and fans hustling out of their suburban enclaves to cue up in long lines […]
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    Posing in his back yard
    2012 – Larry turns 70
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  • First-ever integrated team in Alabama

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    Southern League and Me – An Excerpt
    Author’s Introduction In 1966, two years after this story takes place, I was a 23-year-old pitcher for the Macon Peaches in the Southern League, a California boy experiencing the South for the first time. The idea of becoming a writer, let alone writing this book, never occurred to me then, not for a nanosecond. I […]
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    NO ORDINARY JOES – Book excerpt
    Prologue The waters felt unsafe to Bob Palmer. Too shallow. Too close to land. Too risky, given their unreliable torpedoes. But who was he, a twenty-one-year-old, to question the strategy of his submarine captain, a graduate of the Naval Academy and respected by every man on the ship? Palmer worked hard as the sub’s yeoman, […]
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    Driving Backwards – An excerpt from Goat Brothers
    It was a cold, drizzly morning in January 1979. I was 37, supposedly prime time for a man to hit financial and emotional maturity. Instead, I had two ex-wives, two ex-careers (ballplayer and teacher), and a beat-to-shit old Chevy Nova with a broken transmission. Its only gear was reverse. On the bright side, I’d just […]
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    CELEBRATING THE PUBLICATION OF ‘NO ORDINARY JOES’
    Larry Colton has a new book coming out next month, one he’s worked on for almost ten years. Called No Ordinary Joes, it’s his fourth book and, unlike the others, doesn’t rely on Larry being a participant observer in the events he’s writing about to drive the narrative. No Ordinary Joes is about a group […]
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    Larry and former Blazer coach Jack Ramsay
    Celebrating Wordstock and the release of No Ordinary Joes – 2011.
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    Party like it’s 1999
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    Nigel Jaquiss Interviews Larry Colton for Willamette Week
    In December, 1998, Willamette Week published one of Nigel Jaquiss’ first stories for the paper, an interview with Larry Colton about COW. Jaquiss would win a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for his reporting on the sexual abuse of a 14 year old girl by former Portland Mayor Neil Goldschmidt. Larry Colton thought his arm would […]
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    Larry at Little Big Horn, 1993
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    Author of controversial book to read
    As a student at University of California-Berkeley, Larry Colton says, he majored in “girls, beer and basketball.” On a diet now and looking trim, Colton says the beer part doesn’t fit into his lifestyle. And he’s happily married to his second wife. But basketball and sports remain abiding interests. The competitive spirit played a part […]
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    My first game, a Goat Brothers excerpt
    This was it, my major-league debut, the precise moment that I had been working toward my whole life, my father’s whole life. I was about to dance the essential moment, to play with the powerful icons of my American dream. For me to be emotionally in control at a time of such dramatic personal intensity […]
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    Larry and Hank Aaron at Old-Timers game, 1988
    Said Hank, licking his chops: “You pitching today?”
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    Larry with Gene Mauch
    Larry with Gene Mauch, his manager for his one big league game. Larry -”Mr. Mauch, I used to play for you.” Gene – “Refresh my memory”
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  • Colton with basketball star Bill Walton

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    Bill Walton Was Some Trailblazer, On A Bicycle As Well As On Court
    By Larry Colton for Sport Illustrated The view from Neahkahnie Mountain was spectacular: clear blue Oregon sky, rugged coastline, steep basalt cliffs, lush conifers, the Coast Range in the distance. A nice place to start a bike trip. Bill Walton stared at the layer of summer fog hovering offshore and then turned to survey my yellow Schwinn Varsity, […]
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About Larry Colton

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, Larry Colton played professional baseball for six years, including a brief stint with the Philadelphia Phillies. Following his baseball career, he has taught high school, worked for Nike, and been a writer. Between 1976 and 2000, his magazine articles appeared in publications such as Esquire, New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Ladies Home Journal. He is the author of five books: Idol Time; Goat Brothers (a main selection for the Book of the Month Club); Counting Coup (winner of the Frankfurt e-book of the year award and a Pulitzer nominee); No Ordinary Joes; and Southern League. Additionally, he is the founder and former executive director of two non-profit programs: Community of Writers, a non- profit program to improve writing instruction and student achievement in Oregon schools; and Wordstock, the acclaimed Portland Book Festival.

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