As word of Mark Shurtleff's book has spread across the nation the excitement is rising as stores place their orders, email campaigns go out, advertising is purchased and the book launch party is ramping up to be a serious contender for "places to be" in November. Alex Boye', the Calgary Baptist Choir and a special guest are slated to join Mark as he introduces his book to Utah.
ARCs (otherwise known as Advance Reader Copies) are going out to national reviewers on Monday and Valor is examining all avenues which will effectively promote Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story.
Dred Scott played such an integral part of American history and I do not think he is nearly well enough known amongst Americans today. Sure, if you graduated law school you know who he is. The U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down a death knell of freedom for all Americans was a travesty of justice rarely equaled in this nation.
Utah State Attorney General Mark L. Shurtleff brings forth a literary triumph in his debut as a historical novelist.
Born a slave and treated like an animal, Dred Scott rose up against the oppression of his masters and demanded to be treated like a man. His fight for freedom led to Abraham Lincoln’s election as president of the United States and inspired the Emancipation Proclamation. Despite tragic setbacks, Dred’s unwillingness to give up his claim on human rights and judicial equality shaped America as it is today. His courageous life story is worthy of praise and recognition. Author Mark L. Shurtleff spotlights Dred Scott in this engaging historical novel based on fact, Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story.
With a powerful storyline and compelling characters, this story of adventure, courage, love, hatred, and friendship parallels the history of the American nation—from the long night of slavery to the narrow crack of dawn that would ultimately lead to the freedom and equality of all men.
Shurtleff has masterfully woven a tale that draws readers deep into the life and times of Dred Scott, breathing life into Dred’s story and making it leap off the page. This book encourages readers to stand up for what they believe, fight for their rights and freedoms, and to never give up.
As the days tick down to where the heirloom-edition will no longer be available, I decided it might behoove me to remind my blogging friends that this edition goes away at midnight September 14, 2009, because we go to press September 15th.
If you want the Labor Day special, you'll have to purchase the Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story before midnight on September 7th.
Regular hardback copies of the book will be available for pre-order right up until November 2, 2009. Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story hits store shelves across the nation on November 3rd.
You can read the first 2 chapters of Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story by clicking here.
If your book club is intending to read Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story, you can access the book club questions here.
You can enter the "Cry for Freedom" contest by clicking on the title, and the last day those 600 word entries on what freedom means to you is September 15th--at midnight. There is no age limitation on this contest, so sit down at the computer and let your thoughts fly. Just be sure to have those entries emailed in on time.
So lots of exciting things are going over at Valor. Reading can open up entire new worlds to you. For a few short hours, you step away from life and immerse yourself in history, in mystery, in fantasy, in romance ... whatever it may be, reading is the answer. So step on over to Valor and let's do a little reading together.