Jonathan Putnam

Jonathan Putnam, author of the Lincoln and Speed mystery series, will be at The Country Bookshop Wednesday, July 17, at 5 p.m. to discuss the latest book “A House Divided.”

The books feature Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, who solve mysteries and fight for justice from their law office in Springfield, Ill.

In the newest book, a local man accuses his two brothers of murder, so young Lincoln takes up the case of the accused and Speed searches for evidence of their innocence.

But the appearance of one Mary Todd puts the friendship of Lincoln and Speed to the test.

According to Putnam’s website, the books have been optioned for the screen, and Variety magazine has reported that a major TV series is in the works.

Putnam has given talks about Lincoln for civic groups, bookstores, libraries, schools and lawyer groups all across the country. He has frequently been featured on TV and in print.  He was chosen to narrate two episodes on the young Lincoln for the popular “10 American Presidents” podcast series.

Putnam, a graduate of Harvard College, with a degree in history, and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, is a nationally known trial lawyer and recognized Lincoln scholar.

He has been associated with the international law firm Kirkland and Ellis LLP since 1993, and is currently of counsel there.

Putnam is active in a number of charitable causes and donates a portion of his royalties to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

He says he is the “much-criticized” commissioner of this family’s fantasy football league and a “back-of-the-pack” marathon runner, having completed marathons in New York, Chicago, London, Paris and Las Vegas. Putnam and his wife, Christin Putnam, have three sons.

Children’s Author

Matt Myers, author of “Hum and Swish,” will be at The Country Bookshop’s the “Day at the Beach” story time event Friday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. to read from his book.

Myers says on his website that after illustrating more than 20 books for other authors “Hum and Swish” is his first solo effort.

‘I didn’t sweat the writing,” he says, “but when it came to the art, I choked. That was totally unexpected. The sketches were all approved, and all I needed to do was make the art.”

Myers says he started with watercolor, creating several illustrations before realizing he wasn’t getting the depth he wanted.

“I switched to oil, but was running out of time,” he says. “I had a couple of finished illustrations I liked, but others were just not coming together. I was overworking the art, and myself.”

Myers took a break

“After a couple of weeks, I cam back with a new attitude, or rather the attitude I usually have when illustrating — gratitude,” he says. “I’m grateful that picture books even exist. And I get to make them just about every day.”

“Hum and Swish” is about Jamie, who, on a summer’s day, creates something special with bits and pieces found in the sand.

Kirkus Review commented that the book is a “lovely homage to a child’s passionate creativity.”

Myers makes his home in Charlotte.

The Country Bookshop is located at 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-3211.

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