Saturday, January 3, 2009

Notes from AHA

Friday's booth traffic at our American Historical Association booth was brisk, and the the first four hours of the show flew by.

Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson by David S. Reynolds was one of our most popular titles.

Our books on Lincoln were of great interest. Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer and Catherine Clinton's new Mrs. Lincoln: A Life were very popular. I'll see Catherine speak today at 2 pm.

There was lots of praise for Becoming Charlemagne: Europe, Baghdad, and the Empires of A.D. 800 by Jeff Sypeck. A professor told me that it's a book his students will actually read!

Jackson Lears's Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 was our most popular galley. The book will publish in June 2009.

I had the usual discussion with a professor about page length. Shorter is better for most classes. It's not as if this professor won't assign a long book--but she gets a better reaction from students when the book is under 300 pages. 256 is ideal.

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