Fitzgibbon’s kickstarted Crescent Hotel book is for sale

Nine months ago, we were telling you about Sean Fitzgibbon’s Kickstarter campaign to publish a book he’d been researching and painting for years, “What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel.”

Now, we can report that everyone who purchased a book during the Kickstarter campaign has received their copy of the book – and it’s now on sale to everyone else.

The campaign goal of $11,300 to get the book printed was raised the first day. At last check, 346 backers have contributed a total of $28,803.

Sean has kept his backers posted throughout his adventure, up until the books arrived at his garage on pallets and he started shipping them out. 

Sean Fitzgibbon

A Webb City native, Sean became interested in the Crescent Hotel’s history when he visited it in Eureka Springs, Ark., as a child.

He has shared his research – about the hotel and its dark days as place where cancer patients were taken advantage of – during speaking engagements and art displays in Northwest Arkansas, where he lives with his wife, Willow, and daughter, Sadie.

There will be a book launch party and exhibition of Sean’s original paintings for the book from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Community Creative Center’s McCoy Gallery, at 505 W. Spring St., in Fayetteville. Four other artists are being featured through Aug. 6 during the center’s “The Great Beyond – Comic Art in the Ozarks.”

Before then and after, you can buy the book online