Man from St. Louis Publishes Second Book on Lincoln | State and regional
EDWARDSVILLE – Author Jan Jacobi is back on tour after a year-long hiatus for his latest young adult book, “Lincoln in Springfield,” which picks up where his first book, “Young Lincoln” took readers .
Jacobi’s new book covers Lincoln’s early years in Springfield, his growth as a lawyer and politician, his marriage to Mary Todd, and his tenure as a congressman from Illinois.
Jacobi will be at the fourth annual Edwardsville Book Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 9 in Edwardsville City Park. The festival will feature regional authors and booksellers, music and storytelling, children’s activities, crafts, food and drink.
“After a year of hiatus, I’m finally back on the ‘Young Lincoln’ trail that took me coast to coast, but mostly to St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois,” Jacobi said, of St. Louis.
“Lincoln in Springfield,” published by Reedy Press, is the second book in Jacobi’s award-winning series of young adult novels about Lincoln. It will appeal to middle and high school students as well as adults.
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Lincoln is the series’ first-person narrator, a perspective Jacobi introduced in “Young Lincoln” that earned him critical recognition. Staying true to the historical narrative, Jacobi presents a Lincoln of flesh and blood who is a real person.
The book goes that Lincoln broke off his engagement to Mary Todd when he got cold feet and was fascinated by a young woman sharing a room with Todd at his older sister’s and her husband, Ninian Edwards, a former governor of the Illinois for which Edwardsville is named.
“Lincoln in Springfield” will also be on display at the 32nd Annual Alton Band and Orchestra Builders Olde Alton Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5 at Alton High School, 4200 Humbert Road.
“Young Lincoln” tells the story of Lincoln’s birth in Kentucky and the family’s move to Indiana at age 7, where he spent 13 years before coming to Illinois. “Lincoln in Springfield” continues the saga of his development as a young professional and politician. Lincoln aspires to forge his own path, albeit on a borrowed horse.
He debuted as a junior lawyer in Springfield and, 10 years later, served his first term as a Whig Congressman representing Illinois in Washington, DC The portrait of Presidential Lincoln begins to emerge, not without stumbling.
Jacobi has taught English and the Humanities for Grades 7 and 8 for 49 years. He was also deputy principal in one school and college principal in another. In 2014, St. Louis magazine named him college professor of the year.
“Young Lincoln” won a Best of Illinois History Award and a Nautilus Silver Award for mid-level fiction.
“Lincoln in Springfield” is available at www.reedypress.com.
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