Beginning promptly at 6:30 at the Maplewood Public Library and continuing for no longer than the average audience is willing to tolerate (an hour or maybe an hour and a half) I intend to present a digital projected version of my new book, “Maplewood History – Volume Two”. The presentation will be digital because I still have not received a sample hard bound copy from the printer.
I will have with me an unbound proof copy. As you will be able to see, the quality of the printing is very high. I assume this is one reason why my printer is so busy. It is also a reason why I am waiting patiently.
Begun over five years ago, I am very happy to see this project coming to an end. One reason why the book took this long to create is because I am a night owl. This is a book that was created almost entirely after 10 o’clock at night.
This also is a book that was created by one person- me. This is the third book I have made. The first was a collaboration with Joyce Cheney- a professional author. The text of the second was edited from my Grandma’s journal by my sister, Barb Flesh. I wanted to see what a book would look like if I had no input from anyone else. This is it.
Make no mistake, many fine folks have allowed me to copy material from their family collections. I could not have made the book without them. I have much respect for their family histories and their family historians.
I am planning an initial printing of 100 hard bound copies to be collector’s quality. I’ve asked the printer for quotes on a more superior paper than one would ordinarily find in a book such as this. At the same time I plan to print (in a quantity yet to be determined) soft bound copies as well.
For me the creation of this book has definitely been a labor of love. I hope you all will enjoy it for many years to come.
Doug Houser 9/19/2019