New Libertyland history book now available!

Libertyland: Images of Modern America Book

New Libertyland Book Now Available!

About the Book

Nestled in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, the Libertyland theme park debuted on America's bicentennial: July 4, 1976. The quaint park celebrated America's history, heritage, and culture. Not only was it home to Elvis Presley's favorite roller coaster, Libertyland also offered guests rides on the historic Grand Carousel, exciting shows, gift shops selling handcrafted souvenirs, delicious food, and much more. The park's themed areas--Colonial Land, Frontier Land, and Turn-of-the-Century Land--paid tribute to some of the country's most historically significant eras. From its opening in 1976 until its closure in late 2005, Libertyland was a first roller coaster ride, a first date, a family reunion, a summer job, or simply a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the real world.

Images of Modern America: Libertyland is a chronological look at the theme park's life, from blueprints to its razing and beyond. Photographs were gathered from former park employees, guests, historians, Memphis-area libraries, and the Shelby County Archives. Born and raised in Memphis, author John R. Stevenson V rode his first roller coaster at Libertyland and considers his childhood days spent at the park unforgettable. This book is not only a tribute to Libertyland's legacy, but also a history lesson for generations of Memphians to come.

Where to Buy in Memphis

Support Memphis business by purchasing the book in store! Libertyland: Images of Modern America is available at the following retailers:

Novel

387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117

901-922-5526


Burke's Books

936 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

901-278-7484


South Main Book Juggler

548 S Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

901-249-5370


Barnes & Noble - Wolfchase Galleria

2774 N Germantown Pkwy.
Memphis, TN 38133

901-386-2468


Barnes & Noble - Carriage Crossing

4610 Merchants Park Circle Suite 521
Collierville, TN 38017

901-853-3264


Are we missing anyone? Let us know!

Libertyland Book Signings and Other Events

Author John R. Stevenson V will be signing and selling signed copies of Libertyland: Images of Modern America in Memphis through the holiday season.


10/27: Book Sale & Signing at South Main Book Juggler during River Arts Fest in Downtown Memphis

Note: admission to River Arts Fest is FREE Friday night!

Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

South Main Book Juggler
548 S Main St
Memphis, Tennessee


10/28: Book Sale & Signing at A. Schwab on Memphis' historic Beale Street

Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

A. Schwab
163 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103


11/11: Book Sale & Signing at Novel bookstore (formerly The Booksellers at Laurelwood)

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Novel
387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117


11/25: Book Sale & Signing at Burke's Books in Cooper Young

Saturday, Nov. 25 (time TBD)

Burke's Books
936 Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104


Stay tuned for more events!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long did it take to write the book?

From proposal to printing took around nine months.

How long is the book?

Libertyland: Images of Modern America is 96 pages long.

Why did you write a Libertyland book?

I wrote a book about Libertyland, because the park holds a special place in my park. It was one of the first amusement parks I visited, and it undoubtedly fueled my love and passion for roller coasters and the amusement industry.

I also think it's an important chapter in Memphis' history. The park was significant not only to the city but the amusement industry — it was the country's first "miniature theme park" and helped influence the construction of similarly sized regional parks across the country.

 

Can I host a book signing? Can I review your book for my website, publication, etc.?

Contact us so we can work out the details!

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