Monday, March 10, 2014

Two Very Different Kinds of Book Tours

The Highway 83 Chronicles welcomes guest bloggers. Email Stew Magnuson with your ideas! This week, reader Howard Pierpont writes about the circuitous route the newest book about Highway 83 took to reach its destination. Afterwards, check out the dates for the Last American Highway book tour taking place in Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota in April.
Stew Magnuson of Arlington, Va., has just completed and published the first book in a trilogy: The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas. There are a group of people affectionately called ‘road geeks’ and are
Mailbox. Cherry County, Nebraska. By Stew Magnuson
followers of Fans of U.S. Route 83 on Facebook or the Highway 83 Chronicles blogspot. When Stew announced the publication of the book, folks asked if they could order copies. Stew was very accommodating, taking orders and making sure copies were out in the mail before they were generally available.  Each one was shipped in the same style packaging and had a USPS tracking number associated with it. Most were delivered without incident.
One book was destined for Weatherford, Texas, a mere 1,382 miles from the mailing point of Arlington. The day after it was mailed to book package had traveled to Greensboro, N.C., where it spent a day.  Presumably the book was regaling the other packages about the tales of the Dakotas. When it headed out, somehow the next destination was Allen Park, Mich. It was a short stay and then went off to Warrendale, Penn. Here again, a full day stay, probably with other like packages telling stories of the Great Highway. The next day started the three day journey across county to Dallas, Texas. Not wanting to be left out of the mix, Forth Worth, Texas, then invited the book to pass through its facility. The stay would not be a long one as the book finally make it to the proper destination later that same day.
The trip took 10 days to cover the 2,457 miles from Arlington. This trip was 30 percent longer than the entire 1,885 miles covered by U.S. Route 83 and six states. The book still has not crossed or traveled U.S. Route 83. This can truly be called a book tour.
Stew Magnuson will be doing his own book tour in Nebraska and the Dakotas in mid April. He promises he will not make people drive a postal truck. Stew and his Fans of U.S. Route 83 would like thank the U.S. Postal Service for their support in touring the book!

Stew Magnuson is the author of The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas, now available at in paperback, or Kindle eReaders. To learn how to order signed copies, message him at stewmag (a)

Last American Highway Book Tour 2014

Saturday, April 19

A to Z Books
507 N. Jeffers St (Hwy 83)
North Platte, NE
Time:  2 p.m.

Stapleton, NE
Early Evening
Time and Place TBD

Monday, April 21

Main Street Books
106 Main St.
Minot, N.D.
(Signing, meet and greet only)
Noon to 1 p.m.

Minot Public Library
Book reading and presentation
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22

Linton, N.D.
Senior Center
203 S. Broadway St.
6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23

Bismarck Historical Society
Bismarck Public Library
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Prairie Pages Bookstore
321 S. Pierre St.
Pierre, S.D.
6 p.m.

Friday, April 25

Plains Trading Company Bookstore
269 N. Main St. (Hwy 83)
Valentine, NE
Noon, (meet and greet, signing only)

Saturday, April 26

Augustana College
Dakota Conference
Augustana College
Center for Western Studies
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Morning. Time TBD
Book signing: Noon

Sunday, April 27

Bookworm Bookstore
8702 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE
1 p.m.

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