I'm excited to be chosen as one of the readers at today's National Writer's Union Annual Book Gala. And as if that weren't enough, the keynote speaker is Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's "It's Only a Game," full of intelligent, thoughtful commentaries on sports, which Jake, the ultimate sports fan would have enjoyed very much.
Jake's in the middle of the back row of this picture with his baseball team. He was a very good athlete--runner and baseball player--and at one point considered giving up music for sports. His wise older brother Billy counseled him against that, thankfully!