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More About This Title Reno
Baseball...a small town...the Detroit Tigers of the 1950s... the dreams of a young man. Each night, this boy tunes into the radio broadcasts of the Detroit Tigers. His hero is Reno Bertoia, the Tiger’s third baseman. The boy begins to write letters to Reno Bertoia hoping to recieve a much-coveted autographed picture of his hero. But he does more! He also changes his name to Reno”. When not listening to Detroit Tigers baseball, the young Reno” finds other radio stations to tune into and starts writing more letters to movie stars, writers, evangelists and even politicians in both Canada and the United States. The young man is confined to live in an attic, in a town in Northern Ontario. He has polio. And, over time, his confined living space becomes an extraordinary celebrity gallery, full of black and white photos of the people with whom he has corresponded.
Reno, Marty Gervais’ first novel, won third place in the popular international 3-Day Novel Writing Contest in 2001. He is a poet, historian, novelist, journalist, and the former Book Editor of the Windsor Star. He is the winner of the prestigious Harbourf