Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hello from North Dakota!

Starting day 4 of my book tour in North Dakota, which in the past few days has included appearances at Fort Abercrombie in the east, the Bismarck Barnes & Noble in the center part of the state, and Fort Buford in the west.

Fort Abercrombie really went over the top, not only hosting me for two presentations, but putting on a reception, bringing a cake with a pic of the book on it, AND making two huge posters of the book cover for me to sign. Wow! Thanks to Jim Acker and the rest of the staff at the new visitor center at the site - GREAT PEOPLE!

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.

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