Authors in Motion

We’re always happy to see our authors in action. Doubly so when we can share it with everyone. Here are just a few recent appearances our authors made.

Poets TJ Jarrett and Dan Albergotti attended the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, sponsored by Grassroots, SIUC’s undergraduate literary magazine. Watch the poets read from their books Zion and Millennial Teeth, respectively.


Many of the authors of our Lincoln books have the pleasure of being invited to participate in virtual book signings, held by the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago.

Joseph Fornieri talks about Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman

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Gary Phillip Zola talks about We Called Him Rabbi Abraham, and Thomas A. Horrocks talks about Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies.

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Author Clara Orban visited the Chicago Tonight studios to talk about her new book, Illinois Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide.

Jeff Biggers, author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek makes frequent TV appearances. Here he is on a recent episode of All In with Chris Hayes.



OrbanSeptember is Illinois Wine Month! We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than by giving away a couple copies of Illinois Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide, a new book by Clara Orban.

Comment here and tell us about your favorite winery. It doesn’t have to be in Illinois. We love our state’s wineries, but know that not everyone has had the opportunity to visit them (yet).

To enter, comment by the end of the day on September 24th. Post this link to Twitter, or share our Facebook post, and you will be entered again. We’ll choose two lucky winners on Thursday, September 25. Good Luck!



*We can only ship physical copies of the book within the U.S. Any international winners will receive an ebook.


Neuropsychologist, author to speak at SIU

9780809332625Dr. Robert Hanlon, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the forensic evaluation of violent criminal offenders, will speak at Southern Illinois University on April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library.

Mass murders, including family mass murders and public mass murders in schools, shopping centers, theaters, etc. are commonly committed by mentally disordered young men. Dr. Hanlon will discuss recent findings regarding the psychological factors that contribute to homicidal aggression and murder. Based on his research and experience in evaluating hundreds of violent criminals, Hanlon will speak about how brain abnormalities and mental disorders, compounded by substance abuse, lead to the growing problem of mass murder in American culture.


Dr. Robert E. Hanlon

Hanlon is the author of Survived by One: The Life and Mind of a Family Mass Murderer, published recently by Southern Illinois University Press. Survived by One tells the story of Tom Odle, who brutally murdered his parents and three siblings in the small southern Illinois town of Mount Vernon, sending shockwaves throughout the nation. Hanlon tells a gripping story of Odle’s life as an abused child, the life experiences that formed his personality, and his tragic homicidal escalation to mass murder, seamlessly weaving into the narrative Odle’s unadorned reflections of his childhood, finding a new family on death row, and his belief in the powers of redemption.

As our nation attempts to understand the continual mass murders occurring in the U.S., Hanlon sheds some light on the psychological aspects of why and how such acts of extreme carnage may occur.