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Celebrating Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day Passport

25 April 2018

This Saturday, April 28, is Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country!

Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day.

Here in Chicago, THE event is the Chicago Bookstore Crawl. Around 30 bookstores will be participating in the Crawl. It’s a great way to earn year-long discounts on books at the participating bookstores.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a My Chicago Bookstore Passport and their first stamp from the store of their choice with an initial purchase of $25 or more. Then, with each visit to another bookstore the reader will earn another stamp on their passport. Visiting 10 book shops during the day earns you 10% off your book purchases for the entire year. Visit 15 shops and you’ll get 15% off. (Discounts are limited to in print titles; shop’s with stock and trade in collectible and rare books will have exceptions to the discount policy).

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. is a great place to visit at the start, end or middle of your day. We are very close to three L lines; the Blue, Red and Brown lines are a quick walk. A couple of stops into the Loop on the Brown line and you’re at the Pink, Green and Orange lines. With at least three buses nearby too, the opportunities are almost endless. With little planning and CTA Day Pass ($10) you could easily visit at least 15 shops.

Be sure to share your Chicago Independent Bookstore Day experience on Social Media. Use the hashtag #MyChicagoBookstore so everyone can find your post.


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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop will be hosting a Pop Up Shop for our Author’s Voice Network.

Author’s Voice connects authors to the world via Live Streamed book programming. With a line-up of six programs, Author’s Voice gives readers the opportunity to meet their favorite authors, ask questions, and order a signed book. Viewers can watch at AuthorsVoice.net or on our Facebook page. You can watch encore presentations on your own schedule at out YouTube page.

Many of the books featured on our shows-A House Divided, Berta’s Books, LadyBird & Friends, Lit With Love, Solved, Stranger Than Fiction-will be for sale. Most of the books for sale are signed by the author, too. With Author’s Voice, you can collect tomorrow’s classics, today!

Learn more about Author’s Voice at AuthorsVoice.net. You can subscribe to our mailing list there too. Also, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at AuthorsVoice. Stay in touch so you never miss a favorite author.


Coming Up on A House Divided
Frank Cicero’s Creating the Land of Lincoln

Creating the Land of Lincoln

Frank Cicero joins us to talk about Creating the Land of Lincoln. Join us at AuthorsVoice.net or on Facebook Live on April 14, at 12 Noon, Central time. Learn more, Order you signed book today at AuthorsVoice.net.

Cicero’s book, Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of  Illinois 1778 – 1870, provides an appealing new history of Illinois as expressed by the state’s constitutions―and the lively conventions that led to each one.

In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.

In Creating the Land of Lincoln, Cicero sheds light on the vital debates of delegates who, freed from electoral necessity, revealed the opinions, prejudices, sentiments, and dreams of Illinoisans at critical junctures in state history.

Cicero simultaneously analyzes decisions large and small that fostered momentous social and political changes. The addition of northern land in the 1818 constitution, for instance, opened up the state to immigrant populations that reoriented Illinois to the north. Legislative abuses and rancor over free blacks influenced the 1848 document and the subsequent rise of a Republican Party that gave the nation Abraham Lincoln as its president.

Cicero concludes with the 1870 constitution, revealing how its dialogues and resolutions set the state on the modern course that still endures today.

Also joining us on the program is Illinois State Historian, Dr. Samuel Wheeler. As the Illinois State Historian, Dr. Wheeler serves as the Director of Research and Collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois and is a member of the state’s Bicentennial Commission.

He will be discussing the exhibit, From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama.” The exhibit opened last month and is up until the end of the year. Assembled in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial, it examines the connections of those four presidents to Illinois, their achievements as politicians and communicators, and the first ladies who helped them succeed.

Visitors can see rare artifacts gathered from institutions across the country, for each of these presidents. Learn more about the exhibit. 

We have chosen four pieces from our inventory that compliment this exhibit. Take a look!

Four Illinois Presidents


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Author’s Voice connects authors to the world! Our live stream can be watched from any platform, on any device. You can watch at AuthorsVoice.net or at our Facebook Page.

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.

Keep in touch on social media, via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Find us on all the platforms by searching for authorsvoice.

Author’s Voice Presents
Young Lincoln on A House Divided

Young Lincoln

On Saturday, March 10 Bjorn Skaptason, host of A House Divided, talks with Jan Jacobi about his new book, Young Lincoln. This paperback brings history to life for readers 12 – 16 years old. Join us LIVE on Facebook at the Author’s Voice Page. If you have a question for our author or would like to order a signed book visit AuthorsVoice.net.

Focusing on Lincoln’s childhood and young adult years, this novel is narrated by Abraham Lincoln himself. Lincoln encounters many of the same problems young people have face for generations-a demanding parent, balancing friendships, feeling shy and awkward around girls, and discovering what direction his life will take.

Using primary source materials, gathered mostly from the words of Lincoln Law partner, William Herndon, Jacobi gives young adult readers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln they will not see in history books. Jacobi captures Lincoln’s self-doubt and concern about his future. He is a youth and young adult experiencing struggle, doubt and loss.

Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. For the past five years he has taught 7th and 8th grade humanities at the St. Michael School in Clayton. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Ever since he came to St. Louis, he has been reading and writing about Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.

Join us on March 10 at Noon (CST) for Young Lincoln!

Author’s Voice
Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

A Lady Has the Floor

March is Women’s History Month!

To kick off the celebration, we present Kate Hannigan, author of A Lady Has The Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights March 6 at 1pm CST. Join us LIVE on our Facebook Page or at AuthorsVoice.net. Betsy Bird hosts LadyBird and Friends on the Author’s Voice network.

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood was an American attorney, politician, educator, and author. She was active in working for women’s rights. From education to suffrage to the U.S. Supreme Court, Lockwood championed many important causes. As one of the first female attorneys in America, she helped widows, Civil War Veterans, Native Americans and freed slaves exercise their civil rights.

In 1879, she successfully petitioned Congress to be allowed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 1880, she was the first woman attorney given this privilege. During one of her first appearances before the U. S. Supreme Court, she petitioned the court to admit Samuel R. Lowery. Admitted shortly after, Lowery would be the first Southern African American lawyer to argue there.

Lockwood ran for president in 1884 and 1888 on the ticket of the National Equal Rights Party and was the first woman to appear on official ballots. She couldn’t vote, but she could run!

Belva Lockwood BallotWhen the votes were counted, results revealed the Lockwood had garnered over 4,000 votes. Not enough votes to beat candidate Grover Cleveland, but more than enough to start people thinking about women and their roles in the government and society.

After her presidential runs, she turned her efforts to world peace. She was so influential in this sphere, that she was she asked to serve on the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

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Lockwood did not live to see women’s suffrage. She died in 1917. Three years later the Nineteenth Amendment would be added to the U.S. Constitution.

A Lady Has The Floor, by Kate Hannigan provides a glimpse into Lockwood’s life. For young readers, (Ages 7-10, grades 2-5), this riveting nonfiction picture book biography, by award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.

Join us March 6. You can watch LIVE on Facebook or at AuthorsVoice.net. Visit AuthorsVoice.net to order a signed book, or ask a question for the author. We’ll ask it for you during the show!



Quoting Lincoln… or Not…

Abraham Lincoln Quote

Abraham Lincoln is one of the world’s most frequent victims of misattributed and inaccurate quotes.

From the popular and folksy  “Whatever you are, be a good one”–probably paraphrased and usually attributed to William Makepeace Thackery–to President George H. W. Bush’s repeat of “Here I am-warts and all,” attributed to Oliver Cromwell; it seems everyone wants to get Lincoln in their side. My personal favorite leads off this post.

Our local politicians can’t get it right. Not even our governor is immune.

You’d think someone from The Land of Lincoln, who lives only a few blocks from Lincoln’s Springfield home and has the resources of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as well as a being both a Dartmouth and Harvard graduate would know to check his sources!

Take a listen to what our own Daniel Weinberg and another Lincoln scholar had to say about Governor Rauner’s gaffe during a talk with Dave McKinney of WBEZ:

Getting Wrong With Lincoln

Maybe we should send a copy of our own Treasury of Lincoln Quotations!

Author’s Voice Presents
Copperheads! Lincoln Haters! Amorous Lovers!

This Infernal War

“…a unique window into the inner world of a ‘less than good soldier’ and his equally edgy wife” –Earl J. Hess

Join us Friday, February 2 at 2pm CST for A House Divided.  Bjorn Skaptason talks with Timothy Mason Roberts, editor of This Infernal War The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard. Watch Live on our Facebook page or at AuthorsVoice.net. Do you have a question for Mr. Roberts? Would you like to order a signed copy of his book? YOu can ask your question and order a signed copy by visiting AuthorsVoice.net today!

These antiwar love letters of a Copperhead soldier and his wife portray a couple that is far different from the Union couple we usually see.

Among collections of letters written between American soldiers and their spouses, the Civil War correspondence of William and Jane Standard stands out for conveying the complexity of the motives and experiences of Union soldiers and their families. The Standards of Lewiston in Fulton County, Illinois, were antiwar Copperheads. Their attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln, “Black Republicans,” and especially African Americans are, frankly, troubling to modern readers. Scholars who argue that the bulk of Union soldiers left their families and went to war to champion republican government or to wipe out slavery will have to account for this couple’s rejection of the war’s ideals.

Yet the war changed them, in spite of themselves. Jane’s often bitter letters illuminate the alienation of women left alone and the impact on a small community of its men going to war. But she grew more independent in her husband’s absence. Enlisting in the 103rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in October 1862, William participated in General Sherman’s Siege of Vicksburg, the Battles of Missionary Ridge and Atlanta, and the March to the Sea. At the war’s end he proudly marched in the Grand Review of the Armies in the national capital. Meanwhile, he expressed enthusiasm for stealing and foraging (a.k.a., “cramping”) and unhappiness with his service, complaints that fed Jane’s intermittent requests that he desert or be captured and paroled. William’s odyssey illustrates the Union military’s assimilation of resentful Northern men to support a long, grueling, and, after 1862, revolutionary war on the South.

The Standards’ antiwar opinions hearken to modern expressions of pacifism and condemnation of government. Jane’s and William’s opposition to the war helped sustain their commitment to and dependence on each other to survive it. Their letters reveal two strongwilled people in love, remaining hopeful, passionate, loyal, and even playful as they awaited their own reunion.

Watch us LIVE at our Facebook page or at AuthorsVoice. net. If you miss it or would like to watch it again, visit AuthorsVoice.net’s Previous Shows page or visit our YouTube Channel.

UPDATE: We Do Have a Few Copies Left. Order Now. Watch the Program Below:


Showing Off Our Signatures

Abraham Lincoln Signature

Right now, we have a great selection of Abraham Lincoln signatures at the book shop.

If you are looking for a unique and always-appreciated gift for someone on your holiday list, we have some beautiful options–many with strong Lincoln associations–including Legal documents. We even have a check for renovations to the Lincoln home, which, according to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, included the construction of a new privvy!

Whether it is a signature, letter, endorsement, or document we have examples in many price ranges, as well as other Lincoln books, prints, photographs and other ephemera in all price ranges.

Daniel Weinberg, President of Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, takes a moment to share some of our favorites with you in the video below.

Forgeries abound on the internet, but you can be assured our knowledgeable staff will help you find an authentic one that is right for you. Happy Holidays!

Ron Chernow & Gordon Rhea Visit A House Divided

Ron Chernow and Gordon Rhea

1 November 2017

At 2pm today, we welcome Ron Chernow to A House Divided, the Lincoln, Civil War amd Military History program on the Author’s Voice network. Visit AuthorsVoice.net at 2pm (Central) to watch the program. After Ron Chernow we will have a brief intermission as we set up for Gordon Rhea’s visit.

Chernow will be talking about his latest book, Grant. Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America’s greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

Gordon Rhea will be discussing On to Petersburg. With On to Petersburg, Rhea completes his much-lauded history of the Overland Campaign, a series of Civil War battles fought between Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in southeastern Virginia in the spring of 1864. Having previously covered the campaign in his magisterial volumes on The Battle of the WildernessThe Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow TavernTo the North Anna River, and Cold Harbor, Rhea ends this series with a comprehensive account of the last twelve days of the campaign, which concluded with the beginning of the siege of Petersburg.

This event is online only. We regret we cannot accommodate visitors to the shop for the broadcast.

Signed copies of both titles are available at AuthorsVoice.net.

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Our Partnership with
Shattered Globe Theatre

The Heavens Are Hung in Black

18 September 2017

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. is happy to announce a partnership with Shattered Globe Theatre. Their current production, The Heavens are Hung In Black, examines Abraham Lincoln’s days between the death of Willie Lincoln and the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Celebrating its debut in Illinois, The Heavens are Hung In Black was commissioned by Ford’s Theater for the grand re-opening of the theater in 2009. It is James Still’s personal interpretation on the months leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. This theatrical epic explores Lincoln’s humanity, conscience and leadership through the troubled times of 1862 – as dreams of his famous adversaries and unnamed soldiers walk through his waking life. Sprinkled with text pulled from Lincoln’s prolific letters and speeches, this play explores the heart of the man who led America in a war that we’re still fighting today.

Friend of the book shop, and Pritzker Military Library Alum, Ed Tracy, had this to say about the show:

“…searing and profound production that reveals Lincoln’s anguish and intense personal conflict.”

Director, James Contey, and Lawrence Grimm, the actor portraying Lincoln, joined us at the book shop to talk about the play.


Daniel Weinberg, president Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, will be giving a talk after the matinee performance on October 8.

Also, we are recommending two books to enhance your experience with the show. Burrus Carnahan’s Act of Justice, shows how Lincoln used the war powers of the presidency to facilitate and seal the fate of emancipation. We are also recommending George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, this moving and original father-son story features none other than Abraham Lincoln; as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters-living and dead, historical and invented. Soon to be a major motion picture, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman acquired movie rights to the book in the spring of 2017.

Chicago has a long history of storefront theatres, and Shattered Globe Theatre is part of that legacy. Founded in 1991, Shattered Globe is committed to ensemble of artists and ensemble-based storytelling. They have produced more than 60 plays, including nine American and World premieres, and have garnered an impressive 42 Jeff Awards and 102 Jeff Award Nominations, as well as the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. Shattered Globe Theatre brings its audiences dynamic re-imaginings of classic works, as well as premiere productions that celebrate new voices and innovative viewpoints.

James Still is a four-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Three of his plays have received the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. His plays have been developed and workshopped at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute Lab, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the New Harmony Project, The Lark, New Visions/New Voices at the Kennedy Center, the Bonderman New Play Symposium, the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, the Telluride Playwright’s Festival, and the Colorado New Play Summit. In 2015, his The Widow Lincoln, debuted at Ford’s Theatre.

The play runs through October 21st. Two for one tickets are available at Shattered Globe’s website. Use the code “Books” at checkout.


Walter Stahr on A House Divided

Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary

Daniel Weinberg talked with Water Stahr on A House Divided in August. Stahr’s book, Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary. 

Walter Stahr, award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Seward, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union.

Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814–1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort. He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes,” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. He was a stubborn genius who was both reviled and revered in his time.

Stanton was a Democrat before the war and a prominent trial lawyer. He opposed slavery, but only in private. He served briefly as President Buchanan’s Attorney General and then as Lincoln’s aggressive Secretary of War. On the night of April 14, 1865, Stanton rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and took over the government since Secretary of State William Seward had been critically wounded the same evening. He informed the nation of the President’s death, summoned General Grant to protect the Capitol, and started collecting the evidence from those who had been with the Lincolns at the theater in order to prepare a murder trial.

Now with this worthy complement to the enduring library of biographical accounts of those who helped Lincoln preserve the Union, Stanton honors the indispensable partner of the sixteenth president. Walter Stahr’s essential book is the first major biography of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history.
“A welcome and significant addition to the ample literature on the Civil War and Reconstruction.” —Ron Chernow, author of The New York Times bestseller Alexander Hamilton

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