Fred Reed submitted this report on his book signing last weekend in Chicago. Sponsored by ABE Books, the event was carried live on the internet. I learned of the event too late to include the announcement in The E-Sylum, but I'm glad to report all went well. -Editor An unusual thing happened in Chicago last weekend. An E-Sylum reader approached an author at a Windy City bookstore last weekend and asked him to autograph a book he co-wrote 32 years ago. The requester, also a co-author of the book, asked his colleague to also date the signature, and remarked that somebody might be quite puzzled why the book was signed by one of its author’s three decades after publication. “It will,” the requester, Chicago coin dealer Tom DeLorey, suggested “be a puzzle to some subsequent owner of the book in years to come.”
It’s rare that a numismatic book crosses over into the main stream of the reading public or that a numismatic author has a book signing in a main stream venue, but ABRAHAM LINCOLN, THE IMAGE OF HIS GREATNESS (Whitman, 2009) and numismatic author Fred Reed enjoyed both opportunities April 25th in Chicago.
He also had the opportunity to append his signature to DeLorey’s copy of COIN WORLD’S PRICE GUIDE FOR THE COLLECTION [of] PAPER MONEY ERRORS, a book he co-authored with Tom DeLorey in 1977. Their book was first marketed at the very first Memphis International Paper Money Show. Paper money errors were so popular in the late 1970s that a second edition appeared the following year, once again in time for the Memphis show.
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop hosted the Chicago signing event. In addition to a live audience, the signing was broadcast live on the internet at www.virtualbooksigning.net hosted by bookshop owner Daniel Weinberg. Weinberg interviewed Reed and fellow author, acclaimed historian Dr. Marc Egnal, author of CLASH OF EXTREMES: THE ECONOMIC ORIGINS OF THE CIVIL WAR, for about an hour.
During the show, which will be archived on the web site by mid-May and can be replayed free of charge, the authors also fielded questions from audience members and from about 60 persons watching live on the internet. Weinberg also displayed some of the fabulous Lincoln memorabilia available at the book and curio shop and asked author Reed to comment on it. Both books sold well during the event. Of course, both authors also signed their new books for purchasers including copies to one another at the end of the filming.
“This was a great thrill to represent the book and my publisher Whitman in the ‘Land of Lincoln,’” Reed said. “Although I appreciate the excellent reviews the book has received, from my standpoint it was even better to meet ones readers and get live feedback on the book in this way. Lincoln people are fine students and exposing them to numismatics is a wonderful opportunity,” he added.
The large format, hard-bound 288-page book contains nearly a thousand full color images of Lincoln paper money, coins, medals and other memorabilia and a nearly 90,000 word text. It is modestly priced at $29.95 from the publisher at www.whitmanbooks.com
If any E-Sylum reader wants an autographed copy he can obtain it from the author for $37 postpaid. This price includes a 19th Century Lincoln National Bank check too, while supplies last. Contact the author at email@example.com for instructions.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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