Thanks for a successful launch!

Thanksgiving week seems like such an appropriate time to express my gratitude to all of you for helping me with a successful launch of my latest book, American Treasures. I recently did so in my “author e-blast,” which I will also share here:

It’s been a very busy and enjoyable fall, and the winter/spring speaking season is filling in fast. I’ve heard from several libraries, historical societies, and community organizations already — thanks to all!

I’ve had many highlights this fall, including some memorable appearances and strong reviews and coverage for American Treasures, for which I’m profoundly grateful. Starting with my inaugural American Treasures appearance in Hull, MA in September, where more than 125 people attended, I’ve had the pleasure of appearing and speaking at numerous Massachusetts events, including bookstores, libraries, lunch and dinner meetings, community events, and book clubs.

As part of the “road tour” for American Treasures, I visited Washington D.C. twice, once to be interviewed by C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb for his show, “Q&A,” which offers a comprehensive look at the entire story; and once to speak at the National Archives, one of my greatest highlights as an author. For the Archives appearance, I want to thank Archivist of the United States David Ferriero and National Archives Historian Jessie Kratz, both of whom were extremely encouraging and supportive when American Treasures was only an idea, and both of whom remained incredibly helpful throughout (David was kind enough to write a terrific back-cover blurb on the book!) On December 15, I’ll be appearing at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia as part of its Bill of Rights Day Book Festival. If you’re in the City of Brotherly Love, please drop by! And, I’m thrilled to report that my appearance in Philadelphia will be my 500th as an author!

I’m also looking forward to my appearances in winter/spring 2017, including local (MA) return visits to the Boston Public Library, the Scituate Historical Society, the Hanson Public Library, the Falmouth Historical Society, the Leominster Public Library, the Saugus Public Library, and my sixth visit to the prestigious Sweetser Lecture Series in Wakefield. I’ll also be visiting the Westborough Public Library and the town of Mattapoisett, where the Historical Society there, along with the Mattapoisett Free Public Library and several other area historical societies, will host my appearance. You can find information on all of these, plus others that will be added, on the Events page of this site.

I’m grateful for a number of positive press stories, reviews, and interviews related to American Treasures throughout the fall. I hope you’ll enjoy the reviews in Parade magazine and Shelf Awareness, my adaptation/excerpt published by Politico magazine, and the Boston Globe’s “Story Behind the Book” column. I was also interviewed this week by History.com for an article that will be running in the days leading up to December 7, the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The piece will run in the “History in the Headlines” section of History.com. The Japanese attack in 1941, which catapulted the United States into World War II, was the reason for the relocation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address – and thousands of other documents – out of Washington D.C. for safekeeping.

On December 7, I hope you’ll take a few moments to remember both this iconic date in American history and our service members who lost their lives on that terrible day. There are only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors left; if you know one, please find time to say thanks.

I have visited dozens of schools and spoken to thousands of students, and several of my books are woven into the curricula of high schools and colleges. I’m also happy to visit schools to talk about my books, about history, or about the writing process (I’ve done numerous writing seminars for students). Just contact me and let me know what you have in mind.

Finally, I have much to be thankful for in my life and count my blessings each day for so many reasons. In this letter, I want to offer my deep and profound thanks to you. If you’re reading this, it is is likely that you have supported or encouraged me in one or more ways — attended a presentation, corresponded with me, purchased a book and asked me to inscribe it. Maybe I’ve visited your library, historical society, school, bookstore, or book club to talk about books, history, writing, or teaching. I am enormously grateful and humbled by your support. You are on my list of reasons to give thanks. I hope you’ll enjoy some peace and the love of family and friends this week.