That's right, it says book in the title! My very first published book will be out later this year. I can't even begin to take much credit for the book as a whole, but I am so excited to be a part of the project. When I was brought on board it wasn't going to be anything too extravagant. This past year actually marked the 100th year anniversary of 999 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The board members wanted to do a small book that would showcase the diversity of apartments and architecture in the building. At first they imagined the book being distributed to home owners in the building, and of course any potential buyers. Things definitely began to change with the amount of work going into the project. They didn't want to show off the gorgeous spaces, they (specifically Rick Fizdale) wanted to showcase so much more. He wanted to tell the story of the building, it's history, and even better yet the history of the individuals who have lived there over the years. I won't get into any of the specifics, but I cannot believe some of the stories that have come out during the research fase.
Right now I have the final draft sitting on my desk and I've loved reading through it! When it's all said and done, I believe it's about 240 pages, filled with my photographs, some old timey images from back in the day, and of course the history of the building. I'll be sure to let everyone know when it's actually out on the shelves in local book stores.