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No hard feelings, Stephen Colbert…

News arrived today that Stephen Colbert, and not myself, has been selected to replace David Letterman. TV execs informed me I didn’t come in first place. They also pointed out that the show is a talk show. On talk shows, it’s usually the talk show guest who customarily sells their book. The talk show host does not sell his own book. Oh, well.

Jesse James book author, Eric F. James
Eric F. James, author of Jesse James Soul Liberty

So I’ll be off this Saturday, April 12, 2014, to Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, to appear at the Redbud Festival of Appalachian Culture. There, I’ll be free to talk all I want, or all you want to hear, about my book. Most all of what I’ve written never has been published before.

You’ll find me at Union College on Writer’s Row, where I’ll be discussing my book without any prohibition whatsoever with everyone coming to see me. Fans of Stephen Colbert are especially welcomed to join in.

Logo-Union College Redbud Festival

Northfield, MN, Rakes in the Cash off Jesse James

Every year the Minnesota town of Northfield places its civic pride on display in a three-day festival called the Defeat of Jesse James Days. The town celebrates its historic dismantling of the James-Younger Gang following their robbery of the First National Bank of Northfield on September 7, 1876, two days after Jesse James’ 29th birthday. The Younger brothers were captured, convicted, and imprisoned. Five years later, Jesse James was assassinated. Year after year, as re-enactors perform the historic bank robbery, Northfield rakes in the cash.

Since then, Northfield ironically has been the only place to truly capitalize on the James-Younger Gang’s exploits with phenomenal success. For any cash that was lost on the day of the robbery, Northfield has recouped its losses in spades.

One of the town’s most favorite events is the re-enactment of the Northfield robbery. The actors authentically recreate the event with historical accuracy gleaned from first-hand accounts. The only thing missing is dirt on the street.