Hybrid Book Launch | Out at the Plate: Lynn Ames in conversation with Denise Kiernan

Image shows photos of Lynn Ames and Denise Kiernan and the front cover of Ames' book OUT AT THE PLATE: THE DOT WILKINSON STORY
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 6:00pm

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"Dot Wilkinson is the greatest female catcher ever to play softball. A bold, pioneering athlete, she refused to let others define her and instead defined herself. Her story is an inspiration to people everywhere." --Billie Jean King, Sports Icon and Champion for Equality

It's not simply that Dot Wilkinson was one of the most decorated women's softball players, bowlers, and athletes of all time and one of the original players from the three-time-world-champion PBSW Phoenix Ramblers softball team (1933-1965). Nor was it the length of her time here on Earth--over a century--although any of these things by itself would be impressive.

The magic of Dot's story is in the details. It's the tale of a childhood spent in poverty, an indomitable, unbreakable spirit, a determination to be the very best to play whatever sport she undertook, the independence to live her personal life on her own terms, and her tremendous success at all of it.

Over more than a decade of countless conversations and interviews, Dot shared all of it with her dear friend, author Lynn Ames. Dot held nothing back. Out at the Plate, told through the lens of Dot and Lynn's friendship, is the story of a forgotten era in women's history and sports, and one extraordinary woman's place at the center of it all.

Lynn Ames is the best-selling author of sixteen genre books and the biography of the greatest catcher who ever played women’s softball, Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story (Chicago Review Press, 2023). She also is the writer/director/producer of the history-making documentary, Extra Innings. This historically important documentary chronicles, for the first time ever in her own words, the real-life story of Hall-of-Famer Dot Wilkinson and the heyday of women’s softball.

Lynn’s fiction has garnered her a multitude of awards and honors, including six Goldie awards, the coveted Ann Bannon Popular Fiction Award (for All That Lies Within), the Alice B. Medal for Lifetime Achievement, and the Arizona Book Award for Best Gay/Lesbian book. Lynn is a two-time Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) finalist, a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist, and a Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Honorable Mention winner,

Lynn is the founder of Phoenix Rising Press. She is also a former press secretary to the New York state senate minority leader and spokesperson for the nation’s third-largest prison system. For more than half a decade, she was an award-winning broadcast journalist. She has been editor of a critically acclaimed national magazine and a nationally recognized speaker and public relations professional with a particular expertise in image, crisis communications planning, and crisis management. 

Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist, producer, and host of “CRAFT: Authors in Conversation.” Her new young reader’s book, We Gather Together: Stories of Thanksgiving from then to now, arrives September 2023, and is a companion title to the popular adult nonfiction book, We Gather Together, and children’s picture book, Giving Thanks. Her book The Last Castle was an instant New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was also a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of The Girls of Atomic City, which is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in multiple languages. She lives in North Carolina.

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Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story By Lynn Ames Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641609999
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Published: Chicago Review Press - October 17th, 2023

We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace By Denise Kiernan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - November 10th, 2020