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History Grad Releases Debut Novel

Published on August 6, 2014

Susquehanna University alumni Giacomo Calabria released his debut novel this week.Susquehanna University alumnus Giacomo Calabria released his debut novel The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy on Tuesday under the pen name Jacopo della Quercia.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! called The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy, "One of the best reads of the year,” and Calabria has already been signed to pen a follow-up.

Calabria was a history major at Susquehanna, something he draws from heavily in his career as a comedy writer. He has been published in Reader’s Digest and his writing has been featured on CNN Money, BBC America, The Huffington Post, Slate and Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch ConspiracyThe Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is described on its website as an historical thriller that’s “equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century.”

Ranked as the No. 9 book on Amazon’s list of steampunk science fiction novels, The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Read a feature on Calabria in the latest edition of Susquehanna Currents magazine.


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