Local author Tom French to give presentation of 1,000 Islands in the 1800’s in Potsdam July 13, book signing July 14
Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 8:15 am

POTSDAM -- Local author Tom French will offer guests a chance to view pictures of the 1,000 Islands from as far back as 1870 in 3-D July 13 and 14.

French will be giving a presentation of 19th Century 3-D photographs of the 1,000 Islands as part of the Potsdam College Alumni Reunion festivities on Friday, July 13th at 10 a.m. in the Barrington Student Union, Room 205. The presentation will include a brief history of stereography and many 3-D images of the 1,000 Islands and St. Lawrence County that are not in his book.

French will be at the Clarkson University Bookstore on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. To sign books and display his stereoviews pictures on hand for people to use in an original antique viewer.

His book, "River Views: A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D," comes with a special viewer that allows readers to see the 125-year-old photographs of the 1,000 Islands in three dimensions.

The book is available locally at the Clarkson University Bookstore, the Brewer Bookstore at St. Lawrence University, and The TAUNY giftshop as well as Amazon and www.tom-french.net.

River Views has been awarded a Silver Medal for Best Regional Book in the Northeast in the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Also known as the “IPPY,” the Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

French teaches English in Massena. His work has been featured in Mac Life, Adirondack Life, Thousand Island Life.com, Stereo World, and The Watertown Daily Times. Several of his commentaries have aired on North Country Public Radio.