The Strange Twists Of Life

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The Strange Twists Of Life
 Michael Coughlin

Book publishing opportunities come in many disguises

In life often we find doors opening to us that we never considered would be thereSuch was the case when I wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper.  The letter was never published, but the editor kept it in his file and years later called me because he was writing a book about old newspaper shops in the United States and he wanted to know whether I would sit down with him for an interview.  We visited for a few hours and when he was leaving, I asked him who he was going to have publish the book.  He figured he would offer it to the Minnesota Historical Society.  Well, I said, if they aren’t interested, let me know and maybe we can work on it together.  That’s what happened, and as a result I ended up publishing one of my best selling books, Life in the Back Shop.  Robert MacGregor Shaw captured so much of the flavor of life in those old newspaper print shops that the book found a ready audience across the United States.  The book is close to being sold out.  So it happened that the letter I wrote and  that was never published brought a whole new chapter to my life.  The Strange Twists Of Life is the story of the letter and the book that it helped create.

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