The wait is nearly over – Craig Shemin’s book Sam and Friends: The Story of Jim Henson’s First Television Show is at long last being released on September 24th, right on what would have been Jim Henson’s 86th birthday. The book is now availible for pre-order, in both hardback and paperback, from a variety of places, including Bear Manor Media (the publisher), Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Shemin’s book promises to detail how the series came to be and how it was made, featuring 150 rare archival photos and the world’s first guide to the show’s many long-lost episodes.

But that’s not all! That same day, the Museum of the Moving Image will be hosting a special event celebrating Jim and the new book. MOMI’s own Barbara Miller will chat with Shemin about the book and they’ll present some recently-remastered clips from Sam and Friends and Wilkins Coffee commercials, including a newly-discovered lost episode of Sam and Friends! Shemin will also be hanging around afterward to sign copies of the book which will be availible in the museum’s gift shop, and attendees of the event will get a special discount on the book from there. Attendees will also be receiving a free mystery gift at the event. It could be anything – maybe an authentic Stan Freberg record or perhaps an Icky Gunk temporary tattoo. The only way to find out is to be at MOMI on September 24 (tickets availible now at the link above)!

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By Shane Keating

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