Controversial gun, art book turns Iola's staid Krause inside out
IOLA — The most provocative work Krause Publications has ever produced started with a chance conversation between the author and a political operative.
Cassidy didn't have any idea how a publisher would react. He sent out 10 photos with a letter of introduction. Krause — best known for books about coins and doll collecting — called in less than 72 hours.
"I was blown away," said Paul Kennedy, Cassidy's editor at Krause. "Each one made me stop, put it down, pick it up."
The book turned the tiny, staid Krause inside out and gave it its first publication ever listed among Amazon.com's Editors' Top 100 picks, where it ranked 61 overall and No. 8 among art and photography books in 2007.
"We have a very strong tradition and history in firearms, but to put it mildly, nothing like this. It's a totally different beast for us," Kennedy said. "It's not for the collector, it's not for somebody who wants more information about firearms. I've been here for more than 10 years and we have not published a book that has caused so much excitement, so much debate, so much enthusiasm. I don't think there's any gray."
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Paul Kennedy, best book editor ever. That guy is made of awesome.
My book went up for pre-order sale on the day of the Virginia Tech shootings and someone asked me if I thought it was ironic. The truth is that I don't think this book could have come out at at me when it wasn't topical. While I sit here, patting myself on the back about this nice article, law enforcement are scouring the area for Eric DeShann Floyd who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during a bank robbery two days ago; choppers were hovering over my neighborhood all night. Today would have been Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski's 40th birthday.
Gun ownership is a serious topic and I hope I've done it justice.