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The Abraham Lincoln and Mexico book by historian/ educator Michael Hogan attracted more fans resulting from his appearance at 2018 International Book Fair (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico.
One is the Associate Director for Interpretive Resources at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, who saw the Facebook posts about Dr. Hogan at FIL and decided to buy the book for the historic theatre.
“Purchased! My colleagues at Ford’s Theatre and I are excited to read it,” David Patrick McKenzie commented. “If you find yourself in DC, please do let me know. Would love to say hi and show you around Ford’s.”
Who knows–maybe Dr. Hogan’s book examining Lincoln’s legacy of support for Mexico will become part of the theatre’s display of nearly 7,000 books about Lincoln.
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Part of the onsite interest at FIL came from a three-hour book signing event Nov. 30, where Dr. Hogan was able to chat with FIL visitors about the book and to autograph copies they bought. He also autographed copies of his 1997 book The Irish Soldiers of Mexico.
“It’s always rewarding to interact personally with readers at events big and small,” said Hogan. “And I’m excited about the many others who responded positively this week to postings on Facebook, especially from Ford’s Theatre.”
Many high school and college students visited with Dr. Hogan during the event including pupils from Colegio Cervantes, Colegio Alpes, as well as German exchange students from the University of San Diego, and young people from Tec de Monterrey and the University of Guadalajara.
While most of the adult visitors were from Mexico, conversing and buying Spanish language version of the book, there were expats from the American Society in Guadalajara and from Lake Chapala, as well as visitors from California and Texas. Photos from his appearance at FIL were featured on the official Facebook page for the book, which has 5,000 followers.
The nine-day International Book Fair is the largest and most important literary event in the Spanish speaking world. Since its founding in 1987, it has grown to attract nearly 1,000,000 visitors annually, 20,000 exhibitors and publishers from about 50 countries, more than 100 literary agents, and almost 2,000 journalists. La Perla bookstore in Guadalajara hosted Dr. Hogan’s book signing event at FIL and sells his books at its store in the trendy Chapultepec area of the city.