Lydia Reeder will present Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Lydia Reeder will Present her New Debut Hardcover Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lydia Ellen Reeder is the grandniece of Sam Babb, the extraordinary basketball coach featured in Dust Bowl Girls.  She spent over 2 Years conducting research for the Book and also wrote and narrated a Short Film about the Cardinal Basketball Team, currently on view at the Oklahoma Historical Society Website:  As a Former Sssociate Editor at Whole Life Times in Los Angeles and Delicious Magazine in Boulder, Colorado, Reeder has worked for many Years as a Copywriter and Editor on behalf of corporate and organizational clients and most recently developed e-learning for a National Nursing Association.  She lives in Denver with her husband and enjoys hiking in the mountains of Colorado.  Dust Bowl Girls is her Debut Hardcover.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming.  Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope.  Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices faced by their families, the women followed Babb and his dream.  He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen: with passion for the sport and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, they won every game.  For Author Lydia Reeder, this is a family story: coach Sam Babb is her great-uncle.  When her grandmother handed her a worn, yellowed folder that contained newspaper articles, letters, and photographs of Sam and the Cardinals, she said, You might want to tell their story someday.

Now, with extensive research and the gathered memories of the surviving Cardinals, she has.  Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, Dust Bowl Girls conveys the intensity of an improbable journey to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, led by the legendary Babe Didrikson.  It captures a moment in American sports history when a visionary coach helped his young athletes achieve more than a winning season.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, February 08, 2017, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Event at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Lydia Reeder will Present her Debut Hardcover Dust Bowl Girls and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Seating is General Admission.  Rainy Day Books will have Lydia Reeder’s Books for Sale at this Event.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover copy of Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder.

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