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ABAA Midwest Chapter Announces Scholarship

30 April 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The Midwest Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association is pleased to announce that the Scholarship Application for the Rare Book Seminar at Colorado College is now open.

The scholarship provides for tuition, room and board at the Rare Book Seminar. In it’s 42nd year, the rare book seminar is a week-long immersion in the rare book business. This year’s seminar runs July 14-20. Colorado College in located in Colorado Springs, CO. All the details are here.

Interested in applying? Your application is due by May 15, 2019.  Download the application.

 

Independent Book Store Day

9 April 2019

Independent Bookstore Day at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc.

Come visit Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. on Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. This year, the date is April 27th. Abraham Lincoln Book Shop will be open regular hours, 10am – 4pm.

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop will be staging Artifact Talks on Independent Bookstore Day. Join us at the shop to see Daniel Weinberg and Bjorn Skaptason share some of our favorite things. Each talk will last about 15 minutes. Our scheduled talks include:

10am – Bjorn talks about Chicago’s Lakeside Classics
12 noon – Bjorn talks about Books Signed By Presidents
2pm – Daniel talks about Lincoln and Presidential Signatures
4pm – Daniel talks about Civil War Photography

Here are some items related to our topics that we have in stock today. Please Join Us on April 27th.

We also have lots of books from our Author’s Voice Programs deeply discounted. This could be your last chance to get some great books in first edition and signed by the author! Stop in during the day’s celebration of all places that are Independent Bookstores.

The ChiLoveBooks Challenge

Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! More than two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest to Beverly, and Naperville to the Loop—are collaborating on a third annual #ChiLoveBooks Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores in a single day.

The annual challenge is being held again on Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which is a one-day national party celebrating indie book stores on the last Saturday in April. Each store creates its own unique events—including guest authors, special kids’ story times, readings, contests, giveaways, and special sales.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #ChiLoveBooks passport and their first stamp with an initial purchase of $25 or more from the store of their choice.

Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional stamp at each subsequent bookstore. Visit the web site to learn the great prizes that await you as you get your passport stamped at our participating bookstores.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

Please join us on April 27!

A House Divided Welcomes Harold Holzer

Monument Man

20 February 2019

Join us when Harold Holzer returns to A House Divided. We’re live on the Author’s Voice Facebook page and at AuthorsVoice.net,  March 21 at 3:30pm (C).

Holzer and Daniel Weinberg will talk about Holzer’s latest book,  Monument Man: The Life & Art of Daniel Chester French.  This is the very first biography of Daniel Chester French. This is a fulsome study of an artist whose life work both echoed and influenced the charging aesthetic of his era. 

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About The Book…

One of America’s most prolific sculptors of public monuments, Daniel Chester French created more than a hundred public works, including The Minuteman, Harvard University’s John Harvard, Columbia University’s Alma Mater, and most famously, the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial.

Born in 1850 and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, in the tumult of the Civil War, French’s meteoric ascent as an artist led him to cross paths with some of the most fascinating characters of his time, such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Auguste Rodin, and Theodore Roosevelt.

In addition to his work as an artist, French was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1903 until his death in 1931 and was a key figure in the acquisition of the museum’s extensive collection of American sculpture.

Monument Man is the first definitive biography of Daniel Chester French, giving readers a captivating and extensively researched view into his world. The book also includes a comprehensive geographical guide to French’s public work.

Monument Man was specially commissioned by Chesterwood / National Trust for Historic Preservation. The release will coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Chesterwood, his country home and studio, as a public site and with a major renovation of the Lincoln Memorial.

About Harold Holzer…

Harold Holzer is a Lincoln scholar and prize-winning author of numerous books on Civil War-era art and history, including Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion and Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America.

Holzer appears frequently on radio and television, most recently on C-SPAN and CNN and in Lincoln and Civil War documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel.

Formerly the senior vice president for public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Foundation, he currently serves as the director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York.

In 2008 Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

 

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Do you have a question for our author?  Use the link at the web site to ask it now, or live during the show. We’ll share it with the author. Order your signed book, before, during or after the show. You can watch it again and again at our YouTube channel too.

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The Big Clean Up

UPDATE:

We are back! We have some minor cleaning to do but please come see  us! Please call if you need to reach us for any reason, 312-944-3085.

 

A House Divided Welcomes Brian Dirck-POSTPONED

Brian Dirck is unable to visit the shop today. The show will be rescheduled soon.

13 February 2019

Join us when we welcome Brian R. Dirck back to A House Divided. We’re live on the Author’s Voice Facebook page and at AuthorsVoice.net,  February 20th at 3pm (C).

Dirck will talk with Daniel Weinberg about his latest book, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death. Dirck brings us the first in-depth account of how the Lincoln responded to the riddles of mortality, undertook personal mourning, and coped with the extraordinary burden of sending hundreds of thousands of soldiers to be killed on battlefields.

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About the Book…

From multiple personal tragedies to the terrible carnage of the Civil War, death might be alongside emancipation of the slaves and restoration of the Union as one of the great central truths of Abraham Lincoln’s life. Yet what little has been written specifically about Lincoln and death is insufficient, sentimentalized, or devoid of the rich historical literature about death and mourning during the nineteenth century.

Going beyond the characterization of Lincoln as a melancholy, tragic figure, Dirck investigates Lincoln’s frequent encounters with bereavement and sets his response to death and mourning within the social, cultural, and political context of his times. At a young age Lincoln saw the grim reality of lives cut short when he lost his mother and sister.

Later, he was deeply affected by the deaths of two of his sons, three-year-old Eddy in 1850 and eleven-year-old Willie in 1862, as well as the combat deaths of close friends early in the war. Despite his own losses, Lincoln learned how to approach death in an emotionally detached manner, a survival skill he needed to cope with the reality of his presidency.

Dirck shows how Lincoln gradually turned to his particular understanding of God’s will in his attempts to articulate the meaning of the atrocities of war to the American public, as showcased in his allusions to religious ideas in the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural.

Lincoln formed a unique approach to death: both intellectual and emotional, typical and yet atypical of his times. In showing how Lincoln understood and responded to death, both privately and publicly, Dirck paints a compelling portrait of a commander in chief who buried two sons and gave the orders that sent an unprecedented number of Americans to their deaths.

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Do you have a question for our author?  Use the link at the web site to ask it now, or live during the show. We’ll share it with the author. Order your signed book, before, during or after the show. You can watch it again and again at our YouTube channel too.

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A House Divided Presents
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

9 January 2019

Join us when we welcome David Blight to A House Divided. We’re live on the Author’s Voice Facebook page and at AuthorsVoice.net,  January 25, 2019 at 3pm (C).

Blight will talk with Bjorn Skaptason about his latest book, Frederick Douglass. This is the definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass. Douglass, an escaped slave became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. This is the first biography of Douglass in over twenty years.

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About The Book…

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, often to large crowds, using his own story to condemn slavery. He broke with Garrison to become a political abolitionist, a Republican, and eventually a Lincoln supporter. By the Civil War and during Reconstruction, Douglass became the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. He denounced the premature end of Reconstruction and the emerging Jim Crow era. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. He sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.

In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. Blight tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. Douglass was not only an astonishing man of words, but a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology. There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. David Blight’s Frederick Douglass affords this important American the distinguished biography he deserves.

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Peter S. Carmichael Visits A House Divided

Peter Carmichael joined us on November 30th to talk with Bjorn Skaptason about his book, The War for the Common Soldier. This book focuses on the experiences of the ordinary soldiers serving during the Civil War.

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Unfortunately, we are sold out of copies of The War for the Common Soldier.

The War For The Common Soldier

How did Civil War soldiers endure the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the conflict? This question is at the heart of Peter S. Carmichael’s sweeping new study of men at war. Based on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both the North and the South, Carmichael explores the totality of the Civil War experience–the marching, the fighting, the boredom, the idealism, the exhaustion, the punishments, and the frustrations of being away from families who often faced their own dire circumstances. Carmichael focuses not on what soldiers thought but rather how they thought.

Digging deeply into his soldiers’ writing, Carmichael resists the idea that there was “a common soldier” but looks into their own words to find common threads in soldiers’ experiences and ways of understanding what was happening around them. Soldiering in the Civil War, as Carmichael argues, was never a state of being but a process of becoming.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin Visits A House Divided

Doris Kearns Goodwin joined us on A House Divided. Daniel Weinberg talked with Kearns Goodwin about her book, Leadership in Turbulent Times. You can watch it below:

We have a few copies still available, you can order yours here.

About Leadership in Turbulent Times

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.

Leadership in Turbulent Times  tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.

No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.

This crucial work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.

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Stranger Than Fiction Presents
The Pitcher and the Dictator

The Pitcher and the Dictator

Join us when we welcome Averell “Ace” Smith to Stranger Than Fiction. We’re live on Facebook and at AuthorsVoice.net, September 14 at 3pm (C). There will be an in-person signing as well, immediately following the broadcast at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. at 824 W. Superior St. in Chicago, IL.

Smith will talk with Bjorn Skaptason about his latest book, The Pitcher and the Dictator. This is an extraordinary story of race, politics, and some of the greatest baseball players ever assembled, playing high-stakes baseball in support of one of the Caribbean’s cruelest dictators.

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country’s dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn’t so easy. After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him.

In the initial games, the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered. Living outside the shadow of segregation, Satchel and his recruits spent their nights carousing and their days dropping close games to their rivals, who were also stocked with great players. Desperate to restore discipline, Trujillo tapped the leader of his death squads to become part of the team management. The American players believed they might be lined up and shot if they lost the tournament.

When Paige’s team ultimately rallied to win, it barely registered with Trujillo, who a few months later ordered the killings of fifteen thousand Haitians at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Paige and his teammates returned to the states to face banishment from the Negro Leagues, but ironically they barnstormed across America wearing their Trujillo All-Stars uniforms.

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About the Author:  Averell “Ace” Smith is a political consultant and lifelong baseball fanatic. He is a thirty-year veteran of state and national politics and has directed winning campaigns from district attorney to president of the United States. He has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Smith spent over a decade researching this book including travelling to the Dominican Republic. He lives in Kentfield, California with his wife Laura Talmus.

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A House Divided – Double Header

Author's Voice Doubleheader

 

Author’s Voice presents A House Divided. Join us on August 2nd when we welcome two authors for two episodes.

At 3:00pm (C) we welcome Manisha Sinha to talk about her book, The Slave’s Cause. 

The Slaves Cause is a groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War

The general belief casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor.

Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and pamphlets, Sinha documents the influence of the Haitian Revolution and the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. This groundbreaking history of abolition recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Join us at 3pm; Bjorn Skaptason hosts.

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Following at 5pm (C) Paul Taylor joins Daniel Weinberg to talk about The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known. Taylor’s book examines the Union League movement.

Often portrayed as a mere footnote to the Civil War, the Union League’s influence on the Northern homefront was far more important and consequential than previously considered.

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed the North when the American Civil War commenced in April 1861 vanished by the following summer. Repeated military defeats, economic worries, and staggering casualties prompted many civilians to question the war’s viability. Frustration exploded into anger when Republican president Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September.

The disgruntled voices grew louder. These anti-Lincoln Democrats, nicknamed Copperheads, viewed blacks with disdain and considered many of Lincoln s legal decisions to be unconstitutional. Civilian disenchantment led to significant Republican defeats in the November Congressional elections. As 1862 ended, Northern morale was at rock bottom.

Across the North, ardent pro-Lincoln men realized their country needed a patriotic stimulus, as well as an organized means of countering what they viewed as their Copperhead adversaries treasonous pronouncements and subversion. These men formed what became known as Union Leagues: semisecretive societies whose members had to possess unconditional loyalty to the Lincoln administration and unwavering support for all of its efforts to suppress the rebellion. Their mysterious member initiation rites were likened to a solemn religious ceremony.

The Union League and its various offshoots spread rapidly across the North, and in this first comprehensive examination of the leagues, Taylor discusses what made them so effective, including their recruitment strategies, their use of ostracism as a way of stifling dissent, and their distribution of political propaganda in quantities unlike anything previously imagined. By the end of 1863, readers learn, it seemed as if every hamlet from Maine to California had formed its own league chapter, collectively overwhelming their Democratic foe in the 1864 presidential election.

 

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