Relaunch of Sports’ Most Celebrated Literary Series

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Great Fenway Park Writers Series will be hosting this event virtually.


October 29, 7-8 p.m.



Is team chemistry real, and if so exactly what is it? These are the questions acclaimed journalist Joan Ryan spent nearly 10 years in pursuit of answers, which she delivers in her powerful new book, “Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry.” The Great Fenway Park Writers Series is thrilled to announce that Ms. Ryan will be joining us in a free Zoom presentation on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in what promises to be a compelling discussion with implications that go far beyond the world of clubhouses and locker rooms and into our own workplaces, classrooms, and homes. Register right here!

While “Intangibles” draws upon a range of disciplines—including neuroscience, sociology and psychology—in its investigation of team chemistry, the book also draws upon more than 200 interviews Ms. Ryan conducted with such notables as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr; Hall of Fame women’s college and Olympics basketball coach Tara VanDerveer; Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa; home run record-holder Barry Bonds; former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes; and retired NATO commander Stanley McChrystal.

Ms. Ryan, one of the first female sports columnists in the country (San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle), is the author of five books, including Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, which had a transformative effect on the world of women’s gymnastics and was named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of all time by Sports Illustrated. She also wrote a New York Times best-seller, was a ground-breaking and award-winning columnist for the Examiner and Chroncle in San Francisco and is now a media consultant for the San Francisco Giants.

We urge you to join us for this vital, provocative and potentially game-changing evening. You may register here:

The Great Fenway Park Writers Series would like to encourage you to make use of the great local bookstores in your community! For this event, we have partnered with Frugal Bookstore in Roxbury.


If you don’t live in Boston, you might consider looking for an independent bookstore closer to home.

*Donations to the Red Sox Foundation are Encouraged

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