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Pastime Paperback – September 18, 2012

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Pastime started as a screenplay. It won some competitions and was optioned several times by Hollywood producers. But the stars never aligned to turn it into a film. Everyone loved the story but Hollywood is often hesitant when it comes to period pieces (too costly) and baseball (not international enough).

I wrote it because I thought a great American attribute was becoming a rarity: a sense of sacrifice. Sacrifice is at the heart of 
Pastime, a story about a spoiled modern baseball player who gets sent back to an era that was all about national and personal sacrifice: World War II.

Today, baseball is becoming more international (booming in China,even growing in Russia). Meanwhile, the United States remains in the grip of unfettered self-interest and polarization. The team spirit that made this country great is withering on the vine.

For these reasons the story of 
Pastime - a man's journey back to a time and place defined by sacrifice - is more important than ever. It's why I turned the screenplay into a novella and still believe it would make a terrific film.

About the Author

The first characters Brian Meehl brought to life were not in books. They lived on TV and movie screens in the form of Muppets on "Sesame Street" and in Jim Henson films, including roles in the cult classic, "The Dark Crystal." Shifting his hand from puppets to pen, Meehl won two Emmys while writing for PBS children's television shows such as "The Magic School Bus" and "Between the Lions."
He then returned to his first love: books. Meehl has published four novels (3 YA, 1 middle grade) with Random House: 
Out of Patience, Suck It Up, Suck It Up and Die, and You Don't Know About Me. The first was a Junior Library Guild Selection, the last won a Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, while two of them garnered starred PW reviews and spots on numerous state readings lists. He also published one of his oft-optioned screenplays as an adult novella, Pastime.
More recently, Meehl has been writing 
Blowback, a YA trilogy harmonizing time-travel, historical fiction sports and romance. For more, visit
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Argo-Navis (September 18, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 118 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0786754117
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0786754113
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.25 inches
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Brian’s most recent novel is BLOWBACK '94, the “hugely enjoyable and fast-paced” finale in his critically acclaimed BLOWBACK TRILOGY. The kickoff book in the trilogy, BLOWBACK ’07, received a coveted red-star review from Publishers Weekly.

His award-winning books include a bestselling comedic riff on vampires, SUCK IT UP, OUT OF PATIENCE (Junior Library Guild Selection), and YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME (Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books).

Once upon a time, Brian worked for Jim Henson’s Muppets and puppeteered the gamut from a young pup, Barkley on SESAME STREET, to the Dying Master in Henson’s cult classic, THE DARK CRYSTAL. After taking up the pen, Brian wrote for kids’ shows like THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS and BETWEEN THE LIONS, winning three Emmys along the way.

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