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The novel
JANE -- A Flight to Freedom

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saline, Michigan
The author spoke for about one hour on his research, the history
of the Underground Railroad, and the process of writing fiction to
an interested group at the Saline Township Senior Citizen's Center
in the old high school.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The author spoke at a book club in Ann Arbor and led a
discussion of characters, motivations, and plots in his novel
"Jane." The club had previously selected "Jane" for its members to
read.

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The author spoke to a writer's group at Lurie Terrace, a senior
independent living community, on the his research and the
process of writing his novel.

Friday, May 15, 2009
Saline, Michigan
The author spoke for about an hour on the history of the
Underground Railroad, his research, and the process of writing, at
the Meadows at Brecon Village, a retirement community in Saline,
Michigan.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Chelsea, Michigan
The author spoke for about an hour on the history of the
Underground Railroad, his research, and the process of writing, at
the Meadows at Silver Maples, a retirement community in Chelsea,
Michigan.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Culpeper, Virginia
The author's one-hour presentation, followed by a book signing at
the Culpeper Remembrance Days celebration was open to the
public at the Culpeper County Library. The Corner Shelf, a local
bookstore had copies available for purchase.

Monday, April 20, 2009
Author's Presentation
Brookhaven Manor, Retirement Community
Ann Arbor, Michigan
20 residents attended a 75 minute presentation and discussion by
Don Devine. As usual he covered the type of novel he wanted to
write, how he did it, his research, the history leading up to 1860
and 1861, and the events of those years. Four residents
purchased copies of
JANE.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Author's Presentation
Chelsea Retirement Community, Assisted Living
Chelsea, Michigan
10 residents attended almost an hour and half presentation and
discussion by Don Devine of his novel, the history of the
Underground Railroad, his research activities, and the processof
writing and getting published. The novel
JANE is for sale at the
community general store.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Author's Presentation
Chelsea Retirement Community
Chelsea, Michigan
About 40 residents of this retirement community attended a one
hour plus presentation by the author in their community's theatre.
Don discussed the history, his research, his objectives in writing
JANE, and the process of writing, publishing and promoting fiction.

Friday, November 21, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Leominster, Massachusetts
Although there was no advanced publicity, Don attracted a fairly
large number of interested readers. 21 copies of "JANE" were sold.

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Williamsburg, Virginia
This was Don's second appearance at this medium-sized Barnes &
Noble store. The first was on April 26. Since then,
JANE  was very
favorably reviewed by the Williamsburg newspaper,
The Virginia
Gazette,
in May, and one of the managers at this store read JANE
and made it  a "staff pick". Foot traffic in the store on this rainy
evening was modest. 13 copies of
JANE were purchased during
the signing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Borders Books & Music
Newport News, Virginia
This large Borders store is in the Patrick Henry indoor mall. 15
copies were purchased during Don's afternoon book signing.

Friday, November 14, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Richmond (Short Pump), Virginia
22 books were purchased during Don's book signing at the Short
Pump Shopping Center this evening. This was Don's second event
at this store. He had previously been here on April 26, when 28
copies were purchased. The store manager, Bruce, was very
pleased to have Don back and with the number of copies sold.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Author's Speech
Northeast Kingdom Civil War Round Table
Newport, Vermont
Don spoke for almost an hour on "The Siege of Washington", the
14 day period running from the bombardment of Fort Sumter on
April 12, 1861, to the arrival of the 7th New York in Washington,
DC, on April 25. Although Don's presentation was not on his novel,
but on the actual historical events, eight copies of "JANE" were
purchased by attendees after the presentation and Q&A period.

Friday, September 12, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Exton, Pennsylvania
Although the event had been publicized by the store as a book
signing
and presentation, only one person showed up for the
presentation. Don had a lengthy personal discussion with him.
Other shoppers stopped to talk to Don and eleven copies of
JANE
were purchased.

Thursday, September 11, 2008
Discussion at Avon Grove Public Library
West Grove, Pennsylvania
Author Don Devine set up at the front of the Avon Grove Library
this evening, to discuss his novel, sell and sign copies of
JANE. A
reporter from the local newspaper interviewed him, and a woman
who had already read
JANE stimulated a lively discussion. Five
additional copies were acquired by attendees.
.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Meeting with a Book Club
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Nine members of a private book club attended a lively discussion
with author Don Devine at the home of one of the club members,
near Lancaster, this evening.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Meeting with Book Club
Webster, Massachusetts
Eleven members of the book club at the Booklovers' Gourmet
bookstore met with Don this evening for a 2-hour lively discussion
of plot, characters, and the process of writing. 9 of the attendees
had already completed
JANE. The other 2 were more than half
way through. Everyone said they enjoyed
JANE a great deal.

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Newspaper Article
The Ann Arbor News
Leah Dumouchel, on the staff of the Ann Arbor News, presented a
15 column inch article on
JANE on page 1 of the Entertainment
and Leisure Section. Her article was based on a copy of the novel
and a lengthy telephone interview with Don. It can be read in the
Reviews section of this website.

Saturday, July 19, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble
Manassas, Virginia
Don was one of six author's who were present for an authors'
festival at this Barnes & Noble store from noon until 4 p.m. Don
was the only author of historical fiction. The event, although locally
publicized, did not draw a large crowd.

Sunday, July 13, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Borders Books & Music
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
This was Don's second event at this store. The first was on
January 31, when they sold the largest number of copies at an
author's event so far. This event was poorly attended. We're
looking forward to doing another event at this store in the autumn.

Saturday, July 12, 2008
Author's Presentation & Book Signing
National Civil War Museum
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Don spoke for about 45 minutes in the auditorium at the National
Civil War Museum on the history of the Underground Railroad and
his novel, at this semi-annual free family day. He stayed around all
day to talk to museum-goers and sign copies of his novel. 16
copies were purchased and
JANE is still available in the museum
gift shop.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Author's Presentation
Chelsea Library & Chelsea Senior Center
Chelsea, Michigan
Although the turnout was small, due to competing activities at the
Senior Center that day (a luncheon and a square dance), Don
spoke and did readings from
JANE for about 70 minutes to an
enthusiastic group.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Author's Presentation
Radnor Memorial Library
Wayne, Pennsylvania
A disappointing turnout, probably due to inadequate media
promotion.

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Newspaper Review of
JANE
The Virginia Gazette
Williamsburg, Virginia
Karen Rogers published a thorough review of JANE, 24 column
inches, including an image of the book cover. She had a few
criticisms, but the review was very positive and she recommends
the book. To read the article, go to the Reviews Section of this
website.

Sunday, April 27, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes &  Noble Booksellers
Newport News, Virginia
Don was set up at a table to the side of the entrance, which he
believes is not an effective location for a successful book signing.
We did not record the number of books sold. It was about 15.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Williamsburg, Virginia
Don was set up at the entrance of this smaller store. The store
had 15 copies on hand. Every copy was sold.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Newspaper Recommends
JANE for Summer Reading
The Virginia Gazette
Emily Efimetz on the staff at The Virginia Gazette, servicing
Williamsburg and surrounding areas, recommended five novels for
summer reading, including
JANE. The article included images of all
five book covers and gave
JANE three column inches. To read this
article, go to the Reviews Section of this website.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Richmond (Short Pump), Virginia
The store manager had already read JANE, liked it very much,
and had talked to the folks at Barnes & Noble in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, about their experience with
JANE. So he had
ordered 40 copies. Don was set up at a table near the entrance
and worked two hours on Saturday afternoon , and two additional
hours Sunday evening. Altogether 28 copies of
JANE were sold.
Only one other title sold more copies that weekend at this store
and that was a new release of a national best seller by an
established Richmond author.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Author's Library Presentation
Oxford Public Library
Oxford, Pennsylvania
A library-based book club had previous selected JANE and, in
addition to the copies in the library, 6 copies had previous been
purchased. 22 people pre-registered for the event, which started
with a light buffet lunch. Don spoke for about 70 minutes.

Sunday, April 20, 2008
Author's book Signing
Barnes &  Noble Booksellers
Millbury, Massachusetts
Don manned a book signing table near the store entrance this
afternoon. 19 copies were purchased, of the 20 copies the store
had on hand.

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Worcester, Massachusetts
The store set up a presentation area far from the entrance, where
Don spoke for about 70 minutes to an interested group of about
fourteen people. 13 copies of
JANE were purchased at the event.

Friday, April 18, 2008
Newspaper Article on
JANE and Don Devine
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A 28 column inch article was published in the Entertainment
Section, including an image of the book cover and a photo of the
author. To read the article, go to the Reviews Section of this
website.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Newspaper Publishes Author Interview
Trend, a weekly serving Havertown and surrounding areas
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Lauren Siegler, the Trend Editor, published a 28 column inch
feature article based on her telephone interview with Don the week
before. The headline was "Former Chester and Delaware County
resident has new novel." It also included an author's photograph.
To read the article, go to the Reviews Section of this website.

Saturday, April 12, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Don manned a table near the front entrance, where he spoke to
patrons and signed copies. We didn't keep track of how many
copies were purchased. It was about 15.

March 13, 2008
Author's Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Exton, PA
JANE has been selected as a staff recommendation at this store
and will be the subject of discussion at an upcoming Facts &
Fiction readers' group. Don has been invited to return for another
signing in the future. But this Thursday was an unusually low traffic
evening at this large, two-story bookstore. Although a presentation
area was set up in the Gifts Department, only a few people
stopped to hear Don speak. Five copies were purchased during
the book signing.

March 12, 2008
Author Presentation & Book Signing
West Chester Public Library
West Chester, PA
Nine very interested people attended this evenings' 70 minute
presentation, held in a beautiful, Victorian-style library building
near downtown West Chester. Four attendees purchased copies
of
JANE. Others had already purchased copies from a local
bookstore or read the library copy.

March 11, 2008
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Easttown Library & Information Center
Berwyn, PA
Five very interested people attended this evening event, held in
what had been the author's home town up until 1978. One
attendee had already read
JANE. Another had a copy but had not
yet read it. Three copies additional were purchased.

March 9, 2008
Author Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Camp Hill, PA
Don spoke individually to interested shoppers during a two hour
afternoon stint at the front of this large bookstore. Twelve copies
were purchased and the store's remaining stock was autographed.

March 8, 2008
Author Book Signing
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Lancaster, PA
Because of a great deal of media coverage of JANE in Lancaster
County over the past three months, the store had already sold 17
copies before Don arrived for the book signing. Although this
event was also publicized, it drew only a few additional interested
parties. Three additional copies were sold and one copy was
signed for a customer who had purchased
JANE earlier and had
already read it. The remaining store inventory was autographed.

March 2, 2008
Author Presentation and Book Signing
Book Club of Detroit
Thirty-five people attended this event which started with cocktails,
proceeded to dinner, and ended with a one-hour author's
presentation. The audience was keenly interested and had several
questions that carried the event on for another ten minutes.
Attendees purchased 17 copies of
JANE.

February 17, 2008
Author Event & Book Signing
Booklovers' Gourmet, Webster, MA
Booklovers' Gourmet sells books and art works, and serves
excellent pastries, plus a wide variety coffees and teas. The table
area was crowded to overflowing when Don spoke about the
history of the Underground Railroad and the years leading up to
the Civil War, his novel, his research, and the general process of
writing historical fiction. Altogether 12 copies of
JANE were sold --
some prior to Don's arrival and several more copies remained on
sale for expected follow on purchases in the next few weeks. Three
local newspapers announced the event.

February 15, 2008
Copies Ordered for Military Library System
185 copies of JANE were ordered today for distribution to the U.S.
Military base library system, worldwide.

January 31, 2008
Author Event & Book Signing
Borders Books & Music, Lancaster, PA
Between 25 and 30 people attended Don's informal presentation
at Borders, where chairs were set up, auditorium style, in the  
middle of the store. Don spoke for about 75 minutes. 17 books
were purchased on the spot and the store's remaining inventory
was autographed.

January 31, 2008
Author presentation & Book Signing
Lititz Public Library, Lititz, PA
38 people attended Don's 75 minute afternoon presentation in the
Library's Community Room. 17 people purchased books. Others
had Don sign copies previously purchased at a local book store.

January 30, 2008
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Milanof - Schock Library, Mt. Joy, PA
43 people filled the meeting room beyond capacity at the
Milanof-Schock Public Library this evening. Don made a 75 minute
presentation, after which 20 people purchased copies of
JANE.

January 29, 2008
Book Signing
Dog Star Books, Lancaster, PA
Dog Star Books is a used and out-of-print bookstore which does
much of its business over the Internet. Dog Star was one of the
first bookstore to carry
JANE. Don chatted with customers this
evening as 5 more copies were purchased. Altogether, Dog Star
Books had now sold 15 copies of
JANE.

January 28, 2008
Author Presentation & Book Signing
Elizabethtown Public Library, Elizabethtown, PA
Don returned to the Elizabethtwon Public Library, where he had
previously spoken in November. His earlier presentation was in the
evening. This time he spoke in the afternoon in the downstairs
large community room, where 41 people attended his 75 minute
presentation. Some folks had attended the earlier presentation
and returned to learn more about the succeeding books in the
series and to discuss some specific aspects of
JANE. 17 people
purchased copies
.

Week of January 27, 2008
Extensive Newspaper Coverage of
JANE
Larry Alexander wrote an extensive article for the Lancaster
Intelligencer Journal, and Susan Grubb wrote a lengthy article in
the Elizabethtown-Mt. Joy Merchandiser. An article was also
published in the Lititz Record Express. There were upcoming event
announcements in the Harrisburg Patriot, the Lancaster Sunday
News, the Elizabethtown Chronicle and the Donegal Ledger.

November 17, 2007
Presentation & Book Signing
Dog Star Books, Lancaster, PA
Don held a Saturday afternoon book signing at Dog Star Books on
West Chestnut Street, near downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dog Star is a well-stocked and spaciously arranged used and
antiquarian book store, that does much of its business over the
Internet. Several people made special trips to the store from the
suburbs specifically to talk to Don and purchase a copy of
JANE,
usually because they had read the review of
JANE which had
appeared in the Lancaster Sunday News a full six days earlier.
Including sales made prior to Don's arrival, eight copies were sold.
Brian Frailey, the owner of the Dog Star bookstore, will continue to
stock
JANE for the follow-on sales he expects to be coming in.

November 17, 2007
Presentation & Book Signing
Books & Beyond, Hockessin, DE
Books & Beyond is a recently opened new-book bookstore in a
small shopping center in Hockessin, Delaware, just across the
state line from Pennsylvania. Eight people were attracted to this
morning event, even though the local newspaper had declined to
publish more than a small announcement. Don spoke individually
and to small groups of those attending. Nine copies of
JANE were
sold, including several that were purchased before the event
began.

November 15, 2007
Presentation & Book Signing
Chester County Book & Music Co., West Chester, PA
The Chester County Book & Music Company is a huge book,
music and coffee shop in the West Ghosen Shopping Center,
where 10 copies of
JANE were purchased before the author's
evening event even began. A crowd had soon filled almost all the
chairs set up auditorium-style near the children's book section.
Don spoke for almost 90 minutes on the history leading up to his
novel, his research and highlights of the characters, plot, and
novel settings. He also did an extensive reading from the novel.
Ten more copies were purchased immediately and the bookstore
added significantly to its stock for future sales.

November 14, 2007
Presentation & Book Signing
Lancaster Library, Duke Street, Lancaster, PA
In spite of the article on JANE and a very positive review that had
been published in the Lancaster Sunday News, three days before,
there was a very poor turn-out at this event. Paul Landry, of the
library staff, said he was not surprised and that Don should not
take the low turn-out as an indication of the potential lack of
interest of Lancaster-area residents. Evidently, evening library
events in downtown Lancaster are often poorly attended.

November 13, 2007
Presentation & Book Signing
Elizabethtown Public Library, Elizabethtown, PA
There was a large turnout this evening at the Elizabethtown Public
Library for Don Devine's presentation on "How and Why He Set His
Novel in Elizabethtown." Don spoke from 6:30 p.m. until just after
closing time at 8 p.m. to a very interested audience. His
presentation included a slide show of local houses, the one-room
school house and the cemetery that inspired settings in the novel.
In the case of Ezra Woodley's house in the novel, he had a 100
year old photograph of the same building. It is the house his
great-grandfather built in 1854. Don presentation ranged from the
history of Elizabethtown to the major historical events leading up to
the Civil War, to the first major events of that war, to the way he
handled character creation and development, to the way the plot
evolved, to the way he had selected and visited all the settings for
the novel, to the way he had integrated actual history with his
fictitious characters and plot. There was interested discussion of
how the research was done and how actual historical characters
were handled in the novel. Almost everybody who attended
purchased a copy of the novel.

November 12, 2007
Presentation & Book Signing
Robin's Books, Philadelphia, PA
Don Devine held his first book signing in a really big city this
evening and was disappointed by a small turnout. In a way, this
was not surprising, since the local newspaper ran neither a review
of the book nor an author's interview. Not even an announcement
of the event. The only promotion had been a notice in the
bookstore window and on its website starting several days before.
"The small turnout was especially disappointing," said Don,
"because a significant portion of the novel is set in Philadelphia
and Philadelphia has a large African-American population. Many of
these folks would be interested in the themes, the characters and
the story related in this novel. That is, if they knew the novel
existed." Promoting
JANE in the big city remains a challenge.

November 11, 2007
Review in the Lancaster Sunday News
The Lancaster Sunday News, serving all of Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas, published a review of
JANE
by Jo-Ann Greene, the newspaper's book editor. Ms. Greene had
a copy of
JANE more than a month in advance. In her review of
the book, she said, "The book combines some of the romance of
Gone With the Wind with some of the moral lessons of Uncle
Tom's Cabin
." Her article went on to include several interview
questions with Don relating to how and where the novel was set in
Lancaster City and Elizabethtown in western Lancaster County.
She went on to announce three book signings that would take
place in Lancaster County during the following week.

November 6, 2007
Successful Book Signing at the Corner Shelf, Culpeper, VA
The Culpeper Star Exponent newspaper featured a short article
about the author's book signing in a prominent position on page 2,
even though it was election day and there was still a lot of local
political reporting to do. This news, plus a display ad, brought a
number of interested customers to Gordon Dickerson's pleasant
book store on James Madison Highway. Don spoke to a number of
interested shoppers, to some at length about the history leading
up to the time when
JANE is set and to others about a brief
synopsis of the novel. Ten copies were sold and additional
autographed copies were left behind for the expected follow-up
business.

Monday, October 29, 2007
Harrisburg area Radio Interview with Don Devine
WHP 580 AM Talk Radio, broadcasting from Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, aired an interview with Don Devine by radio
personality Lynne Richarde during morning drive time. Lynne, an
African-American radio journalist, was particularly interested in the
history of how African -Americans were treated, both legally and
socially, in Pennsylvania during the period leading up to the Civil
War, as well as how that history has influenced ongoing
discrimination and social relations up to the present.

Sunday, October 28, 2007
New Hampshire Radio Interview with Don Devine
WPKQ 103.7 FM, broadcasting from the peak of Mt. Washington in
New Hampshire, with coverage into Maine, Quebec, Vermont,
Massachusetts, and even New York, aired a 12 minute interview
with author Don Devine about his new novel,
JANE, with radio
personality Audley Williams. Mr. Williams was particularly
interested in the history of the Underground Railroad and why and
how Don picked the times and places he did to set his novel.

October 18, 2007
Author presentation & Book Signing in North Conway, NH
White Birch Books hosted a round table discussion with three local
fiction authors, one of whom was Don Devine the author of
JANE
-- A Flight to Freedom
. Each author opened with a brief
description of their novel, after which they answered questions
from the audience. The questions dealt with a variety of subjects,
including how they did their research, how they planned their
novels in advance, how they worked, how they moved from one
novel to the next, and how they had gone about getting published.
The formal program was followed by personal chats with the
authors and book signings.

September 22, 2007
15 Books Sold in 2 Hours At Book Signing At Bridgton  
Books
"I didn't expect to see this many people and sell this many
books in two short hours," said author Don Devine, who was
holding an in-store book signing at Bridgton Books, in Bridgton,
Maine, from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 22.

Bridgton (population 5,272) is a small town in rural western Maine,
so fifteen books in one day, plus the four that Bridgton Books sold
in the days before the signing, and the ten more sold shortly
afterwards, means that a large percentage of the population was
interested. Why? And how did this happen?

"It was careful preparation by Cold River and Bridgton Books, and
support from the local newspaper," said Devine. The Bridgton
News got an evaluation copy of
JANE a month in advance and
Don made sure to talk to the newspaper staff about the book and
the event. It helped that Don lives four months out of the year a
mere 33 miles away in Chatham, New Hampshire. Even so, he
didn't know anyone in Bridgton or at the newspaper and "I don't
think they ever heard of me around here before today," he said.
The Bridgton News published a full-blown original review. [You can
read it here. Click the Newspaper Reviews button.] "It's obvious
that the staff writer read the novel carefully and he certainly
seemed to enjoy it," said Devine.

As an intimate (one might say crowded) little storefront, Bridgton
Books can usually afford space to display only one or two copies
of a title. "But they're displaying up to five copies of
JANE and
doing it in a prominent location," said Devine. Justin Ward, store
owner, expects to see continued demand over the next few weeks,
and more again later as word-of-mouth from early readers sparks
another round of buyers.