Book Launch: The Only Way is the Steady Way

Sunday April 25, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 - 1:00 PST (online)
Official online book launch of The Only Way is the Steady Way: Essays on Baseball, Ichiro, and How We Watch the Game

Presented in partnership with Invisible Publishing, The Bookshelf (Guelph), Glass Bookshop (Edmonton), Shelf Life Books (Calgary), Munro's Books (Victoria), Ben McNally Books (Toronto) and Real Vancouver Writing Series.

Author: Andrew Forbes
Host: Sean Cranbury

Spring training has started! Please join us for a live conversation between Andrew Forbes and Sean Cranbury as they discuss the legendary career of Ichiro Suzuki, the soul of fandom, and how a summertime distraction can help to make sense of the world during a global pandemic.


“There is no other writer working now whose baseball writing I admire more. This companion to The Utility of Boredom is a true gift.”—Mark Kingwell, Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters

“You don’t have to love (or even like) baseball to love The Only Way is the Steady Way. Forbes’ writing about baseball, something he’s loved his entire life, transcends statistics, standings, highlight reels, and hype, and captures soul—not the soul of the game, but the soul of fandom.”—Brendan Leonard, The Art of Getting Lost

The Only Way is the Steady Way: Essays on Baseball, Ichiro, and How We Watch the Game
by Andrew Forbes
Published by Invisible Publishing

Andrew Forbes is the author of the story collections Lands and Forests and What You Need, which was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and named a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize. He is also the author of The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays. The Only Way is the Steady Way: Essays on Baseball, Ichiro, and How We Watch the Game, is his latest book with Invisible Publishing. Andrew Forbes lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

The Only Way Is the Steady Way is a baseball memoir in scorecards and baseball cards, a recollection of the game’s biggest stars and outlandish personalities, and introspective letters to a legendary player. These essays examine the meaning of baseball across international borders and at all levels of the game—from Little League diamonds to big league ballparks. Forbes locates peace, reassurance, and a way to measure the passage of time with home run bonanzas, old games on YouTube, and especially in the unique career of beloved outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Need the book? Buy from one of our bookselling partners or your local independent bookstore:

Guelph: The Bookshelf is our Guelph bookselling partner for this event. Purchase online at bookshelf.ca or call 519-821-3311 x1 for curbside pickup, free local delivery or Canada-wide shipping.

Toronto: Another Story Bookshop is our Toronto bookselling partner for this event. Purchase online at anotherstory.ca or call 416-462-1104 for curbside pickup, local delivery or Canada-wide shipping.

Durham and York Regions:  Blue Heron Books is our bookselling partner.  Purchase online at blueheronbooks.com or call 905-852-4282 for curbside pickup, local delivery, or Canada-wide shipping.