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Think Summer

March 7th, 2016 by Jim Coudal


With Opening Day right around the corner, it seems a good time to remind fathers, sons, wives and daughters about Kevin Guilfoile’s splendid memoir about his Dad, Roberto Clemente, and a mysterious bat. A Drive into the Gap, from Field Notes Books is a short, delightful, touching story that deserves a place on any ball fan’s shelf. Check out an excerpt and a short film, and then pick up a copy or two.

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November 7th, 2013 by Bryan Bedell


Halloween seems like as good a day as any to announce a new addition to the FIELD NOTES line-up, so please welcome “Pitch Black.”

You’ve been asking for an open-edition black notebook.

You’ve been asking for a open-edition dot-grid notebook.


Well, here are both, in one! “Pitch Black” features French 100-lb “Blacktop” covers with “Stealth Gray” text. Inside is our 50-lb Finch Opaque Smooth text paper, with a light-gray dot grid. It’s bound with shiny black staples and features an all-new list of Practical Applications. And best of all, it’s not a limited edition, we made plenty for everyone and we’ll keep it in stock until black goes out of style. (Like that’ll happen.)

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Whatever they’re calling the “new black,” forget about it. Only black is black, and nothing’s blacker than black, and black goes with everything. This book will look great in a tux or a greasy leather jacket. It can record performance notes atop a grand piano, or take note of f-stops rubber banded to a thrift-store camera.

We’ve added it to our shop page, or you can order a 3-Pack or a couple 3-Packs, or as many as you’d like, right here:

Order Pitch Black in the Shop

Speaking of infinite darkness, the release of “Pitch Black” marks the retirement of our Red Blooded edition. We kept good ol’ Red in stock for a couple years and three printings and it was a favorite, but we figured it was time to move on. Maybe we’ll see “Red Blooded” make a comeback someday, but for now, (as of November 4, 2013) “Red Blooded” is sold out.

Just to be super-clear: “Pitch Black” is a new standard offering and not part of the limited-edition COLORS subscription series. Don’t confuse it with the Summer 2013 COLORS edition, “Night Sky,” which sold out months ago, or the Winter 2013 COLORS edition, which will be announced in November.

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The Ballad of Lou Schmitt

March 24th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

Roberto Clemente is the central figure in Field Notes Brand Books first release, A Drive into the Gap.. The book’s author, Kevin Guilfoile, tells us why the real hero of the book is Pittsburgh father and fan, Lou Schmitt, who recently passed away.

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A Drive into the Gap in ESPN: The Magazine

December 14th, 2012 by Jim Coudal

Forty years ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. Three months later he would be dead. Clemente’s at-bat is the central incident in Kevin Guilfoile’s book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film and read an excerpt from A Drive into the Gap here. News: ESPN: The Magazine has just published long excerpt of the book, plus video features, in this month’s Hall of Fame issue.

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Hot Stove Talk

December 6th, 2012 by Jim Coudal

Kevin Guilfoile, author of A Drive into the Gap from Field Notes Brand Books sits in with Rick Kogan this afternoon from 3-4 CST on The Afternoon Shift from Chicago Public Radio. Tune in to 91.5 or listen live from the WBEZ site.

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Unstopped in Time

December 3rd, 2012 by Jim Coudal

No one ever has the full story, about anything, even something so widely known and seen. That doesn’t stop Guilfoile’s protagonists — and he is one, grappling with his own recollections — from imprinting themselves with a false memory.

From a lovely review of Kevin Guilfoile’s A Drive into the Gap by Walter Biggins at Bookslut. More on the book, including a film and excerpt can be found here.

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A Saturday in September

October 2nd, 2012 by Jim Coudal

Author Kevin Guilfoile spoke with Ed Randall of WFAN in New York over the weekend about the 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit and the first publication from Field Notes Brand Books, A Drive into the Gap.

Check an actual-size photo of the bat that is at the center of the whole story.

If you’ve already read Kevin Guilfoile’s A Drive into the Gap, you’ll want to check out an actual-size photograph of the Roberto Clemente bat featured in the story. If you haven’t read the book, perhaps the photo will pique your interest. Kevin’s also curating a Tumblr page to share photos, stories, and artifacts relevant to the book.

A Drive into the Gap is the first offering from Field Notes Brand Books, and it’s available now.

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