The essays range from a 1983 story about a Cleveland priest who saved kids in war-torn El Salvador to last years 10-part series that chronicled the late sportscaster Casey Colemans bout with pancreatic cancer. On a lighter note, the book also includes Heatons piece about a group of guys who regularly partied near the Rocky River Yacht Club during the 80s. I spent a month drinking beer and reminiscing with them, says Heaton.
Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit also features articles about chef Michael Symon, concert promoter Packy Malley, and American Splendor writer Harvey Pekar. Theyre balanced with tales starring local mobsters, fugitives, and crime-fighters. I hope the book is a celebration of journalism, says Heaton. I hope itll make people appreciate newspapers, magazines, and the people who work at them. He'll also appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road in Legacy Village in Lyndhurst (216-912-1981; www.josephbeth.com).
Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m., 2007