Conversations with Authors - John Shea (Virtual Event)

Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 4:00pm


Saturday, August 15th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

John Shea

in conversation with Phil Cousineau

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for a new chat with a different author.


John Shea is the co-writer of the instant New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid in which the legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field. John is the San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer and columnist. He is in his 33rd year covering baseball, including 28 in the Bay Area. He has written three baseball books, including Rickey Henderson’s biography (Off Base: Confessions of a Thief) and Magic by the Bay, an account of the 1989 World Series. He has also won several Associated Press Sports Editors awards, including first place in the nation for a World Series game story. He’s a two-time Bay Area chairman of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and created the Bill Rigney Good Guy Award, given each year to a Giant and Athletic who is most accommodating to the media.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, and storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 35 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero’s Journey, Wordcatcher, The Painted Word, The Oldest Story in the World, The Book of Roads, and The Accidental Aphorist.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid Cover Image
By Willie Mays, John Shea, Bob Costas (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250230423
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 12th, 2020


The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir.

Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573242998
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Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2008

In Stoking the Creative Fires, award-winning author and filmmaker, Phil Cousineau, gives readers the tools they need to alleviate burnout and rekindle passion in all areas of their lives.

Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Our Lives Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Stephen Larsen (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781573248648
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Published: Conari Press - July 1st, 2003

Phil Cousineau illustrates how myths are the stories of real life whether people are conscious of them as myths or not. He shows readers how, by becoming aware of myths in both their historical and present form, they can read the world better, with a deeper understanding of work, love, creativity, and spirituality.

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Houston Smith (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781573245937
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Conari Press - August 1st, 2012

First published in 1998 and updated with a new preface by the author, The Art of Pilgrimage is a sacred travel guide in book form that is full of inspiration for the spiritual traveler.

award-winning writer and filmmaker and host of the acclaimed Global Spirits series seen on PBS and Link TV, Phil Cousineau weaves stories, myths, parables, and quotes from famous travelers with prac

The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) Cover Image
By Joseph Campbell, Phil Cousineau (Editor), Stuart L. Brown (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781608681891
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Published: New World Library - March 11th, 2014

Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of the twentieth century, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers.

Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573444002
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viva Editions - April 13th, 2010

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about "bedswerver," the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in Wordcatcher, readers are lured by language and entangled in etymologies.

Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936740178
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Published: Viva Editions - September 18th, 2012

To untangle the knot of interlocking meanings of these painted words, logophile and mythologist Phil Cousineau begins each fascinating word entry with his own brief definition. He then fills it in with a tint of etymology and a smattering of quotes that show how the word is used, ending with a list of companion words.

The Oldest Story In the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962654893
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Published: Sisyphus Press - September 9th, 2016

The Oldest Story in the World is a brooding, daring, idiosyncratic exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme that runs through all his work, the transportive power of words.

Book of Roads: Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech Cover Image
By Phil Cousineau, Larry Habegger (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781632280190
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viva Editions - August 11th, 2015

Cousineau's wanderlust has driven him to visit nearly 100 countries as a backpacker, documentary filmmaker, travel writer, photographer, and art and literary tour leader.

The Accidental Aphorist: A Curiosity Cabinet of Aphorisms Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983592099
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Published: Sisyphus Press - March 15th, 2017

The Accidental Aphorist is comprised of hundreds of reflections and aphorisms, maxims, pensees, fulminations and regrets, amusements, which have been gleaned from almost forty years of the author's notebooks. The far-ranging themes include the writing life, creativity, love, death, travel, art, soul, mythology and legend, movies, politics, mentorship, and sports.