Saturday, October 28, 2006

Book release events scheduled (11/2 update)

Release of the Red Faber biography is just a couple of weeks away, and some associated events are hitting my calendar.

Monday, Nov. 13 -- Tri-County Historical Society annual meeting. Knights of Columbus Hall, Cascade, Iowa. 7:30 p.m. I will give a presentation on Faber, followed by a book-signing. This will be my first signing event, and I'm pleased that it will be with the organization that was so cooperative and supportive during my project.

Friday, Nov. 17 -- River Lights Book Store, Wacker Plaza, Dubuque. Book signing. (5-7 p.m.)

Thursday, Dec. 7 -- Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 11th and Locust, Dubuque. 7 p.m. I will give a presentation about Faber and the biography project in the Auditorium, on the third floor.

Saturday, Jan. 6 -- Emile Roth chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (Chicago). Chicago Public Library Roden Branch, 6083 Northwest Highway, Chicago, Ill. 60631. 1 p.m.

There are other events pending. When those are confirmed, I'll post an update.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

To the printer!

Lisa Camp, the managing editor of McFarland Publishers, informed me this morning that my Red Faber biography is going to print today.

Allowing some time for packaging, shipping and delivery, books should reach the tri-state area in 2-3 weeks, or, as Lisa said (to play it on the safe side?), "before Thanksgiving."

Monday, October 16, 2006

Return to sender

While the Chicago Bears were somehow staging an improbable, offense-less rally to win on Monday Night Football, I was wrapping up hours of work on the index for the Red Faber biography.

The index -- with 720 entries containing thousands of page citations -- was e-mailed to my publisher a few minutes after the Cardinals place-kicker missed what probably would have been the game-winning field goal.

I hope that, during that distraction, I didn't inadvertently add a Brian Urlacher entry.

Six days ago, I shipped back the page proofs to McFarland, publisher of the biography. Now, the waiting game resumes.

I still have reason to believe that the book will be released in November.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Anniversary overlooked

It's been an extremely busy time for me -- so much so that I failed to note an important anniversary a couple of weeks ago. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

Thirty years ago -- on September 25, 1976 -- Red Faber died. He was 88.

He is buried in Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago. I visited his gravesite a few months ago. His marker does not mention his 20-year, Hall of Fame career with the Chicago White Sox. Instead, it mentions his Navy service, which lasted less than a year.