“Did he strike you as a rising man?” This is the question that surrounds Abraham Lincoln, the freshly minted lawyer eager to take Springfield by storm. But how can he know if he is rising or falling when so much of his character is yet to be determined including whom he loves, what sort of politics he wants to engage in, and even what he believes about key issues plaguing the nation?\ \ Picking up at the end of his award-winning debut \"Young Lincoln\", Jan Jacobi’s \"Lincoln in Springfield\" continues his young adult saga of Abraham Lincoln’s development, as the young man becomes a young professional and politician.\ \ Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. For the past five years he has taught 7th and 8th grade humanities at the St. Michael School in Clayton. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. To celebrate Lincoln\'s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.\ \ This is an in-person event. Masks are required for all attendees. Copies of Jan Jacobi\'s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of Subterranean Books.