Gene Moore

He was a baseball prodigy. At the age of fifteen, Gene Moore was a boy, playing like a man, in a game where men, play like boys.

Headed for baseball stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers, his destiny was interrupted by
Pearl Harbor.
His life... and
maybe our
would be
forever altered.

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The Playing with the Enemy Book Tour sponsored by Southwest Airlines is off and running for another year!

This page lists our past events. Scroll down to see the incredible places we have visited. Then, click on the Event Photos button on the left to see the wonderful people we have met on our tour... Enjoy!

Saturday, November 14 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm

Chicago Writers Association-DuPage Writers Group Author Q and A
Sonoma Café
2845 W. 95th St.
Evergreen Park, IL

Friday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Nebraska Library Association Keynote Address
La Vista Conference Center

Friday, October 30 from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

SELS Booth book signing
Embassy Suites Omaha
La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, NE 68128

Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m.

The Book Worm
Countryside Village Shopping Center
8702 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68114

Thursday, October 29 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

One Book, Many Librarians
Embassy Suites Omaha
La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, NE 68128

Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Lee Booksellers
Edgewood Center
5500 S. 56th Street, Suite 4
Lincoln, NE 68516

Wednesday, October 28 at 12:15 p.m.

Seward Rotary Club
Jones National Bank
203 S 6th Street
Seward, NE 68434

Wednesday, October 28 at 11:20 a.m.

ABC, Channel 8 Eyewitness News
Lincoln, NE

Tuesday, October 27

All Seward Reads Together
233 South Fifth Street
Seward, NE 68434

Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A & B

New Lenox Public Library District
120 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 485-2605

Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church
1718 Avalon Ave
Joliet, IL 60435-5799

Thursday, September 10, 2009, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

It’s Strictly Business Program Series
Plainfield, IL Public Library


Program: The F.A.C.E (Focus, Attitude, Commitment, Enthusiasm) of Your Organization

Every person and organization has a face. What do you see when you look into the mirror?

Gary will present the importance of F.A.C.E. and how to incorporate its principles into your small business and your life.

Sponsored by: Plainfield Public Library District and Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Location: Plainfield Public Library

15025 S. Illinois Street
Plainfield, IL 60544

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.

The Sassy Socialites Book Club
Naperville, IL

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

The Prairie Area Library System presents "Bringin' It To The Hood."

Shorewood Service Center
Shorewood, IL

The Public is Welcome!

Join Gary Moore, author of Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home, as he relates the story of his father, Gene, whose baseball career was interrupted by World War II.

Gary will be live in our Shorewood Service Center and via videoconference to all of the neighborhoods as part of our LSTA grant, "Bringin' It To The Hood."

Prairie Area Library System:

  1. Coal Valley Service Center: 220 W. 23rd Avenue/Coal Valley IL 61240/877-542-7257
  2. Rockford Service Center: 4021 Morsay Drive/Rockford IL 61107/877-542-7257
  3. Shorewood Service Center: 405 Earl Road/Shorewood IL 60431
  4. Kankakee Public Library: 201 Merchant Street/Kankakee IL 60901-3864
  5. LaSalle Public Library: 305 Marquette Street/LaSalle IL 61301-2135
  6. Sycamore Public Library: 103 East State Street/Sycamore IL 60178-1440
  7. Highland Community College – Elizabeth: HCC West/300 N West Street/Elizabeth IL 61028
  8. Sterling Public Library: 102 West Third Street/Sterling, IL 61081-3505

Monday, July 13, 2009 10:30 to Noon

American Library Association
Reflecting on the Past - Literary Memoirs
Chicago, IL

Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m.

25th annual Chicago Tribune Printers Lit Fest

Program: Panel Discussion: "Cubbie Blues": James Finn Garner, James McArdle, Sara Paretsky, Stuart Shea and Gary Moore moderated by Donald Evans

Location: Harold Washington Library Center/Multi-purpose room
Chicago, IL

The Lit Fest is a free, two-day literary extravaganza featuring more than 200 authors, 100 literary programs, and 160 booksellers.

Tuesday, May 26 from 8:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Humphrey Middle School
777 Falconridge Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Monday, May 18, 2009 7:30 AM

Timber Ridge Middle School
2101 Bronk Road
Plainfield, IL 60544

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Meadow View Elementary School
Plainfield, IL 60586

Saturday, April 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
297 Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.

American Red Cross
Heroes Dinner Gala
Kankakee County Chapter

Saturday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
The Promenade Bolingbrook

631 E. Boughton Road Suite 100
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Illinois Author Fair
Fountaindale Public Library

300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6:00 PM


Book discussion and Q&A and Signing (Books available at the event)
Plainfield East High School Auditorium
12001 S. Naperville Road
Plainfield, IL

Sunday, March 29 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
12700 South Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60585

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:30 AM

Liberty School
Bourbonnais, IL

Saturday, March 14, 2009 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Powerful Stories from America's Greatest Voices
Book & Author Breakfast Session
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA

*Enjoy breakfast from 7:30-8 a.m. Ticket included with Full Registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase in advance or at on-site registration.

Gary W. Moore -- During World War II, Gene Moore convinced his commander to allow him to teach the enemy how to play baseball. His life—and maybe our national pastime—were forever altered. Jammed with memorable characters, Playing with the Enemy is a story that will be read and reread for generations to come. For more details on this event visit: www.camex.org.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Manhattan (Illinois) Public Library
Manhattan, Illinois

Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:00 PM

Cedarlake Village Book Discussion
Plainfield, Illinois

Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Joliet Junior College
Joliet, Illinois

Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Borders Express
(Talk / Q&A / Signing)
Louis Joliet Mall
3340 Loop Drive
Joliet, IL 60435

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Ira Jones Middle School
15420 Wallin Drive
Plainfield IL 60544

Sunday, February 22, 2009

International Reading Association
54th Annual Convention West

Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona
Special Featured Speaker

Friday, February 20

Naperviile READS Program arranged by Anderson’s Bookshop
Discussion of Gary Moore’s Playing with the Enemy
Napersville, Illinois

Day's Schedule

7 am Naperville Sunrise Rotary Breakfast Club Naperville Country Club, 25W570 Chicago Ave
10 am 8th grade students Dist. 204 Neuqua Valley Gold Campus, 2360 95th St. Naperville
12:37-1:15 pm 8th grade students Dist. 203 Jefferson Junior High School, 1525 N. Loomis St. Naperville
1:30-2:04 pm 8th grade students Dist. 203 Lincoln Junior High School, 1320 Olympus Dr. Naperville
2:08-2:50 pm 8th grade students Dist. 203 Lincoln Junior High School

Thursday, February 19

Naperviile READS Program arranged by Anderson’s Bookshop
Discussion of Gary Moore’s Playing with the Enemy
Napersville, Illinois

Day's Schedule

8-8:46 am 8th grade students Dist. 203 Kennedy Junior High School, 2929 Green Trails Dr. Lisle/TD>
9:35-10:16 am 8th grade students Dist. 203 Madison Junior High School, 1000 River Oak Dr. Naperville
11:30 am Naperville Noon Rotary Club KeyWester Restaurant-Rt. 59
Afternoon? Dist. 203 High School program?

Wednesday, February 18

Naperviile READS Program arranged by Anderson’s Bookshop
Discussion of Gary Moore’s Playing with the Enemy
Napersville, Illinois

Day's Schedule

7:30 am Freshman students Dist. 204 Waubonsie Valley Gold Campus, 1305 Long Grove Dr. Naperville
10 am - 3 pm 2 HS programs plus
1st - 8th grade Dist 204
Waubonsie Valley HS Auditorium (850 cap), 2590 Ogden Ave. Aurora
2:45 pm Waubonsie Valley Book Club Waubonsie Valley HS
6:00 pm Dinner meeting with Downtown Rotary Club Rosebud or David's Restaurant

Tuesday, February 17

Naperviile READS Program arranged by Anderson’s Bookshop
Discussion of Gary Moore’s Playing with the Enemy
Napersville, Illinois

Day's Schedule

9:30-10:15 am High School students-grades 10-12 Neuqua Valley HS Auditorium (850 cap), 2360 95th St. Naperville
10:45-11:30 am Grades 10-12 Dist. 204 Neuqua Valley HS Auditorium (850 cap), 2360 95th St. Naperville
12:45-1:30 pm Freshman students Dist. 204 Neuqua Valley Gold Campus, 3220 Cedar Glade Dr. Naperville
2:08-2:50 pm 8th grade students Dist. 203 Washington Junior High School, 201 N. Washington Naperville
5 pm (tentative) Veteran & Service Club Reception Wentz Concert Hall-North Cent College (600)
7 pm Public Program & Booksigning 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville

*Gary Moore is the featured adult author for Naperville READS 2009. The free, public program will be at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. Tickets are available at Anderson’s Bookshop and the Naperville Public Library. Naperville READS is a partnership with Anderson’s Bookshops, the Naperville Library, and Naperville School Districts 203 & 204.

Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:00pm

A Novel Idea Book Discussion Group

Discussion of Gary Moore’s Playing with the Enemy
Plainfield Public Library’s Large Meeting Room
Plainfield, Illinois

Tuesday February 10, 2009 - 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Book signing and Q&A
Charles Reed Elementary - Love of Books Reading Night Book Fair
2621 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Saturday, February 7, 2009 6:45 to 7:30 pm

Private Signing Event

Orlando, Florida

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 7:00 PM

Fountaindale Public Library District

201 Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL 60446

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 1:00 PM

Liberty Elementary School
1401 Essington Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00 PM

An Evening with Author Gary W. Moore
The Great Read for 2009 – Open to the Public!

Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield, Illinois

Monday, January 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. CT

WMBI 90.1FM / AM 1110
Moody Radio Network

820 North La Salle Blvd
Chicago, IL 60610

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Gary will happily travel and speak, sign books, and answer questions anywhere in North America. Email Sarah Keeney and ask for Gary to attend your function!


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