The cover of our friend Eizabeth Bradley’s soon-to-be-released book Knickerbocker: The Myth behind New York is up at Betsy tells us that an advance copy is on the way to her doorstep this minute. The book can be pre-ordered now; it’ll be published by Rutgers University Press on July 15.

Betsy and I are headed up to SUNY Plattsburgh two weeks from now to speak at the 2009 Conference on New York State History (June 4-6). The conference is organized by the New York
State Historical Association
in collaboration with New York State
Archives Partnership Trust and is co-sponsored by New York Council for the Humanities.
We’ll be on a Saturday morning panel called “Knickerbocker’s History of New-York: The First Two Hundred Years.”

Betsy will be talking about the early nineteenth-century reception of Irving’s History, and I’ll be speaking about “Washington Irving’s Cosmopolitanism.” We’ll be joined by Elisabeth Paling Funk, whose talk will be called “From Sinterklaas to Santa Claus: Washington Irving’s Transformation of a Dutch Folk Hero.”