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2 Mary Lincoln authors to sign books Monday at presidential museum

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[April 13, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- Two prominent authors of recent Mary Lincoln biographies will sign books Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Store.

Jason Emerson, author of "The Madness of Mary Lincoln," will sign books from noon until 2 p.m., and Catherine Clinton, author of "Mrs. Lincoln: A Life," will sign books from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Copies of these books may be purchased at the store in the museum, or visitors may bring their own copies. There is no charge to attend the book signings.

Both authors will be part of a round-table discussion that evening about former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln's mental state. That event will be in Room 212 of the Illinois State Capitol from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Distinguished historians, legal experts and mental health professionals will participate in a discussion of mental health laws then and now. The event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations must be made by calling 217-558-8934.

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The round-table discussion is the first in a yearlong series of events produced and sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. For more information, visit

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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