Over My Shoulder, my newest book, debuted at The Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair last Sunday and the public gave it a great reception!
My daughter and the book’s Editor, Julia Cutshall-King, my wife, Sara Cutshall-King, and I had a table at the 23rd annual Chronicle Book Fair. The Book Fair was spread out over the entire first floor of the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. As always, it was wonderful! According to The Glens Falls Chronicle‘s most recent edition, about 120 authors were there. Sincere congratulations to Cathy DeDe, Managing Editor of The Chronicle, who oversees this yearly event. This such an important venue for regional authors to gain exposure for their books.
Hundreds of visitors streamed through the Queensbury Hotel, which is undergoing such beautiful renovations and was the perfect place for the Book Fair. Our family greeted many friends and new acquaintances who stopped by to visit—and to buy a copy of Over My Shoulder: A Collection of “Over My Shoulder” and “Passed Times” Columns published in The Post-Star from 1994-2003; Volume 1: 1994-1997!
In addition to having a table, I’d been invited by Greenwich Free Library Director Annie Miller and Battenkill Books Proprietrix Connie Brooks to be on a panel of authors: Jackie Fisher, Adrienne Morris, Dr. Daniel Way, and me. With Annie moderating, our panel discussed one of PBS’s Great American Read themes, the concept of heroes in history and fiction. (By the way, congratulations to Annie for the library’s having received one of the 50 PBS Great American Read Library Programming Grants awarded in the nation!)
Right in the same room in which we had our table, there were so many authors and booksellers. At the risk of offending someone by missing a name, I have to mention a few. On our left was the Chapman Historical Museum, with loads of copies of its newest book, WATER & LIGHT: S. R. Stoddard’s Lake George, for which I wrote the essay. On my right was Adirondack writer and photographer, Dr. Daniel Way, whose lovely books of his photos were piled high. (Dan and I share a passion for the legendary American photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard.) Speaking of photography, photographer, historian and author Bob Bayle had his two beautiful books on the photography of his father, Francis Bayle.
Nearby was Saratoga Springs Chief of Police and crime historian Greg Veitch, signing copies of his book on Saratoga gangsters. (I had my novel The Burning of The Piping Rock, so I was in good company.) Very appropriately, next to Greg was Mike Carpenter, Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Adirondack. Like Greg, Mike was “off duty,” and busily selling his Common Man Books — guidebooks on hiking, biking and kayaking.
Roseann Anzalone, Program Coordinator of Literacy NY Greater Capital Region, was on hand. How appropriate and essential was that! Without Literacy, where would authors be?
I missed seeing teacher, historian and author Matthew Rozell. My friend was in Hudson Falls being inducted into the Hudson Falls Central School District Wall of Distinction. His The Things Our Fathers Saw series and other books on World War II have been a gift to us all.
Luckily, I did see my friend Maury Thompson, journalist, author and historian. Maury had his book on Charles Evans Hughes. Although retired from The Post-Star, Maury’s been making guest appearances lately with great articles on the history from the year 1918.
In all, we had a great day and sold a lot of copies of Over My Shoulder at the 23rd annual Chronicle Book Fair. Congratulations again to Cathy DeDe and The Glens Falls Chronicle.
Here is some basic information on Over My Shoulder:
ABOUT: The book is 175 pages long, with 104 columns arranged in three categories: Glens Falls History, Area History, and Personal and Family Memories. It has a table of contents, and a large 8-page index.
COST: $9.95 plus tax.
AVAILABILITY: Available at Battenkill Books in Cambridge, the Village Booksmith in Hudson Falls, at the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, and on Amazon.com. And you can order through this website. (More places to be announced!)
I’ll be looking for you, Over My Shoulder!
Over My Shoulder: A Collection of “Over My Shoulder” and “Passed Times” Columns published in The Post-Star from 1994-2003; Volume 1: 1994-1997 (Copyright ©2018 by Joseph A. Cutshall-King); a production of Matchless Books®