Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday had stopping in Jamestown for an interview with Keith Norman from the Sun at Fort Seward. Keith is active in the promotion of the fort site AND owns the Great stories Book Shoppe in town (he bought three copies from me for the store to sustain until more came in). I was then off to Bismarck to see my good friend Chris Johnson, now the acting director of the museum at the state Heritage Center. I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, including a visit to the gun vault - here I am holding an 1870 Springfield. Had a signing at the Barnes & Noble that evening, but it was pretty light in selling three books (I blame Michael Phelps).
Yesterday I was out to Fort Buford for their 26th annual encampment. I gave a presentation in the sun (no Power Point) on the "lost" forts of the northern plains - those that almost didn't make the book because I either didn't think there were any signs that they existed OR that I didn't even know they existed. A little challenging without the slides to back me up, but it went well and sold - three copies!
Hope I don't sell just three copies EVERY time I stop. Better luck today in Medora, where I'm at the Western Edge bookstore and the Chateau de Mores State Historical Site.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Most of my activity in the past week or so has been in filling out dates for my first book tour to the Dakotas. The tour starts Thursday, Aug. 14, at Fort Abercrombie in Abercrombie, ND - the fort is the cover of the book and it sounds like I'll have a nice little welcome there. Jim Acker, the site superintendent for the fort, has me in presentations at 3 and 7 p.m. and in between, he said they're planning a reception! I am really looking forward to this - I can't wait to see the new visitor center, but also to meet old and new friends.
Following Ft. Aber, I'll have stops in Bismarck, Fort Buford, Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and Western Edge Bookstore in Medora, ND, Prairie Pages in Pierre, SD and maybe a couple other stops. I plan to file reports along the way, so keep checking in!
I had a signing today at the Confluence Bookstore in Bellevue, actually a "wine & sign" event with a number of authors and artists. We were each given the opportunity to speak about our books - which I did - and got several great questions. I ended up selling 11 books, which was pretty good for the number of emails I sent out! Susan and daughter Megan were there, as were my parents, my Aunt Shirley, and friend Paul Nyholm. A lot of history lovers were there, too - a fun day!