Author Visit - American Banker in Paris

Co-Author WILLIAM D. "BILL" ENGELBRECHT discovered his love of writing as a sophomore in college when he won the William Randolph Hearst Award for writing at the University of Illinois. Upon completing his Masters's Degree he spent the next twenty-six years in the creative, imaginative world of the Leo Burnett Company, eventually serving as an Executive Vice President. Along the way, he started a newspaper, magazine and radio station. He served on the faculty of Bradley University and became one of its Vice Presidents. His advocacy for education eventually led him to be named the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Bill resides in Peoria, Illinois with his wife, Helen.

But, whom Bill really wants to talk about is not himself but Nelson Dean Jay, a little known guy from small town Elmwood in Central Illinois, an alumnus of Knox College who went on to international adventures, intrigue and high finance. Join us to hear more from Bill about the book he co-authored with Karl Taylor (who is from Elmwood, IL, and was "fascinated" by fellow native Jay from childhood). 


Event date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2024 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Books on First
202 W First St
Dixon, IL 61021
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The American Banker in Paris: The Remarkable True Story of Little Known Nelson Dean Jay By Karl K. Taylor, William D. Engelbrecht Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888123096
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dorrance Publishing Co. - September 8th, 2023

Written by Illinoisians about an Illinoisian who was no ordinary man.

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