Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing forwarded the following observations on the recently concluded show in Baltimore. -Editor The Baltimore show was good; surprisingly so, in light of the present economy. Attendance was high (up over last year), and our book and product sales were strong. I would say there were three standout books:
Fred will be doing a booksigning at the famous Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago later this month. It's a live event at the store, also broadcast on the Internet. This is a neat new way of doing an autograph session; they've done it with Doris Kearns Goodwin, George McGovern, Harold Holzer, and other big names.
- the 2010 edition of the Red Book (which debuted at the show; in particular, people were buzzing about the new 8.5 x 11 Large Print Edition)
- QDB's Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins, which "everyone" was talking about on the bourse, and which saw steady flight from our shelves
- Fred Reed's Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness. I haven't heard a single complaint; in fact, people are raving about this one. We actually sold out the inventory that we brought to the show! It's clear from talking to collectors and others that this book has great crossover potential, to jump beyond the antiques/collectibles niche (where most numismatic books reside) and into the awareness of general-history and American history buffs, students of the Civil War, and other "mainstream" audiences.
For me it was a fun show; I spoke with several potential authors about some interesting possibilities for future books, and caught up with current Whitman authors, including about 60 Red Book contributors.
Thanks for the great report, Dennis. Who's willing to host an NBS meeting at the next one? -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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