“Next Up at Fenway” by Steve Marantz: Press Release from Inkwater Press

9781592999132 cov.indd Next Up at Fenway, the Inspiring New Book by ESPN Producer Steve Marantz, speaks to the Empowerment of Latino Youth Through Education and Perseverance

Next Up at Fenway tells the true story of Marcos Baez, whose public high school next to Fenway Park was his best hope for a college education and a better life. Baez, the son of a Puerto Rican mother and absent Dominican father, personifies the struggle and determination of America’s fastest-growing demographic.

One of two Boston high schools recognized as a school “where Latinos succeed” by the Mauricio Gaston Institute of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Fenway High’s unique programs highlight family culture, critical thinking, and community involvement. Through its innovative curriculum and Latino-sensitive culture, the school helps Latino students succeed academically and in personal development.

Inspired by this educational model, his teachers, and the Red Sox Foundation’s Lindos Suenos program that sent him to the Dominican Republic for training and community service, Baez works toward his goal of college.

Author and journalist Steve Marantz spent two years in the classrooms and hallways of Fenway High, alongside Baez, his classmates, and teachers. With unlimited access, Marantz has chronicled the Latino soul of one of America’s most amazing and unusual schools.

A story of culture and empowerment, Next Up at Fenway explores what one youth can accomplish against all odds to become an inspiration to his community and Latino youth everywhere.

About the Author

Steve Marantz is a researcher/producer for the ESPN E:60 show and a former reporter in government, politics and sports for the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. His last book, The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide, won the ForeWord Reviews gold medal for non-fiction sports and the Nebraska Center for the Book award for non-fiction history. He also authored Sorcery at Caesars: Sugar Ray’s Marvellous Fight. Marantz lives in Swampscott, Mass., with his wife, Alison Arnett, and their dog, Arthur.

Title: Next Up at Fenway
Author: Steve Marantz
ISBN: 978-1-59299-913-2
Publisher: Inkwater Press
Pub date: 2013
Price: $14.95 e-Book: $6.99
Pages: 208

Availability: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Inkwater books.com, Powells.com, iTunes, Kobo.com

Advanced Praise for Next Up at Fenway

“Through the story of Marcos Baez and Fenway High, Steve Marantz shows the humanity and prospects of Latino students in our nation’s public schools. Next Up at Fenway gives us a window into how social forces and education policy decisions are playing out in real people’s lives – for better or worse – within America’s fastest growing demographic. This book is both Americana and a reality check for the 21st century.”

– Sonia Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts state senator and former teacher

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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