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Saturday, September 22, 2018
3:00 PM


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Jan Jacobi discusses "Young Lincoln." He will be joined in conversation by Steve Chapman. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

About the book: Abe Lincoln is growing up on the American frontier in Indiana. It's cold, there isn't usually enough to eat, there's nothing at all to read, and the one job that awaits him is farmer, like his overbearing father. But a chance to travel down the Mississippi river offers Abe the opportunity to see and meet people he has never dreamed of. Abe's eyes are opened and he can't go back to being the boy he was before. With the help of his friends, Abe will strike out to find his own path. Obstacles wait around every river bend, and the shadow of death is never far, but nothing will stop him from becoming the man he knows he can be. You might think you know the end of his story, but you have no idea what it took to get there. Researched and written by award-winning educator, Jan Jacobi, Young Lincoln brings history to life through a familiar hero who will jump off the page. For ages 12-16.

About the author: Career educator and Lincoln enthusiast, Jan Jacobi lives in St. Louis, where he teaches at the St. Michael School of Clayton. In 2014, he was recognized as Middle School Teacher of the Year by St. Louis Magazine. For 27 years Mr. Jacobi served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. He is very tall, and some of the students thought he looked like Abe Lincoln, particularly when he spoke to them in assemblies wearing a top hat. It was on a seventh grade field trip to New Salem that Mr. Jacobi became deeply interested in Lincoln’s time there. Mr. Jacobi loves stargazing, gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.

About the interlocutor: Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor.