Author Lenny Cassuto will deliver a lecture on “Baseball and the Business of American Innocence” to mark the publication of his new co-edited (with Stephen Partridge) book, The Cambridge Companion to Baseball, on Apr. 19 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill. Cassuto is also the author of Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories, which was nominated for the Edgar and Macavity Awards and named one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 in the crime and mystery category by the Los Angeles Times. His articles about American crime fiction have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, the Minnesota Review, and other publications. His other books include The Inhuman Race: The Racial Grotesque In American Literature and Culture and three edited volumes. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Irish Studies and American Studies programs.