I can never decide if academic conferences are easier or more difficult when they are in my hometown. When they're in NYC, I feel that I must stop by the office to do "a few things." Drycleaning has to be picked up. Dishes need washing. At times, an out-of-town conference seems more focused. Plus, the hotel maid makes my bed.
This year's American Historical Association meeting is in New York City from January 2-5 at the Hilton. Stop by booth 424 to visit us. We'll feature our formidable backlist--and new titles such as Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan and How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein.
I promise to stay focused.