Elfers, James E. 1963-

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ELFERS, James E. 1963-

PERSONAL:

Born June 4, 1963, in Allentown, PA; son of Henry A. and Doris (a medical records secretary; maiden name, Bruner; later surname, Hansen) Elfers; married Eileen K. Slifer (an artist), June 1, 1985; children: Zachary James, Jonathan Rodney. Ethnicity: "White/Caucasian." Education: University of Delaware, B.A., 1986.

ADDRESSES:

Home—955 Alexandria Dr., Newark, NJ 19711. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

University of Delaware, Newark, library assistant, beginning 1989; writer.

WRITINGS:

The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 2003.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Nonfiction projects.

SIDELIGHTS:

James E. Elfers told CA: "I write to tell stories that have never been told before. In that vein, my book The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour is the first book on its topic published since 1914, and it is the very first in-depth look at its subject ever. I want to tell stories that no one else has told.

"The person who most influences my writing is William Ecenbarger, the most entertaining and original reporter I have ever encountered. Through his articles I learned that stories are everywhere."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Library Journal, February 1, 2003, Paul Kaplan and Robert C. Cottrell, review of The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour, p. 88.