Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, along with his wife Callista, stopped by downtown Naperville Wednesday night to sign copies of their new books.
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After dining at La Sorella di Francesca, the political power couple chatted with a crowd of about 100 people at Anderson's Bookshop and signed copies of Newt's recently released, "Victory at Yorktown" as well as Callista's children's book, "Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride."
"Victory at Yorktown" is a New York Times bestselling historical fiction novel and the conclusion of a series focusing on George Washington, co-authored by William R. Forstchen.
Callista's children's book, also a New York Times bestseller, is geared for ages 4 to 8 and follows the journey of a baby elephant named Ellis as she explores the birth of America.
Newt discussed the importance of understanding America's history during the couple's signing.
"If you're young enough, you haven't had any history," Newt said. "So, I think the older you get the more you appreciate history because you've actually lived one."
Wednesday night wasn't the first time the authors visited Anderson's as they both held a signing at the downtown book store a few years ago. Newt said ever since their first visit, Callista had been itching to come back.
"For some reason Anderson's absolutely stuck in Callista's memory, and so she said the entire time she's been launching Ellis the elephant that she has to come back to Anderson's," Newt said.
Callista announced she will be releasing another children's book centered on the American Revolution, which is due out in October.