Stuff in the ‘Lyons Press’ Category

17 May, 2022

QUEEN OF THE WEST: The Life and Times of Dale Evans, Theresa Kaminski

The first full-length biography of mid-twentieth century multi-faceted star Dale Evans, follows her career from small-town girl and radio singer to movie stardom with her life and screen partner Roy Rogers. Dale was an accomplished master of image and reinventing herself as the landscape changed under her. She began her career, trying to fit in, and was convinced to hide her early marriage and her son. She didn’t quite have the looks to make it as a bombshell, but musical westerns were the key. And when she partnered up with Roy Rogers, their on-screen chemistry transformed her into Queen of the West. Eventually the two married and Dale became one of the most famous working Moms in America as she blended family and work in the public eye.

Once married, Dale acknowledged her son Tommy while Roy had three children already. They had a child together who had Downs Syndrome and died before her 2nd birthday. They went on to adopt 4 additional children, becoming early advocates to change the perceptions of the developmentally disabled and for adoption. In her career, Dale continually reinvented herself. She began singing in small- and big-town radio stations in the 1920s, when this medium was still in its infancy. By the 1930s she had enough experience to move into a bigger market, and she appeared at glamourous Chicago nightclubs and toured major cities with a big band. Dale’s voice attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent in the early 1940s so off she went to California where she became a B-movie star. The following decade, she transitioned to television and co-starred in one of the most popular shows of the 1950s. Dale got in on the rapid spread of cable in the late 1970s and early 1980s, too. Charismatic Christian ministers like Pat Robertson and Jim Bakker launched religiously-themed stations that took off with cable viewers. In 1985, Dale began a talk show on the Trinity Broadcast Network that ran until 2001, the year she died.

Drawing from never-before-seen sources (especially business records and fan mail) at the newly-opened Roy Rogers-Dale Evans collections at the Autry Museum of the American West, Kaminski deftly charts the broad sweep of change in women’s lives over the twentieth century, against a backdrop comprised of the glitter of country music, the glamour of Hollywood, and the grit of the early television industry.

“Drawing from archival interviews and correspondences, Kaminski provides engrossing glimpses into the obstacles Evans faced on her road to fame—from her two left feet (“Frankly, I can’t even do a time step,” she admitted during one audition) to her fraught home life, which was especially painful during the brief life of her daughter Robin, who died of encephalitis as a toddler. The deeply humanizing result restores an oft-overlooked yet influential 20th-century celebrity to her rightful place in music history.” — Publishers Weekly


30 August, 2021

Rimer

Alexandra Rimer has been an Assistant Editor at The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University since 2005.  She is a co-recipient of the Eugene S. Ferguson Prize (Papers of Thomas A. Edison), Society for the History of Technology, 2005. She is also a frequent lecturer on Mina Miller Edison at the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, New Jersey, where she lives. She has also been invited to lecture about the Edison family at the Edison family estate in Fort Myers, Florida and the Lewis Miller Cottage in Chautauqua, New York.

Her upcoming book SEDUCED BY THE LIGHT: The Mina Miller Edison Story, will be published by Lyons Press in 2023. There has never been a biography written about Mina Miller Edison. As an historian of Edison, Ms. Rimer is the only person who has seen certain unpublished correspondence of the Edison family.  She has full access to the archive at the Edison National Historic Park and  also is in regular contact with surviving family members who have provided her with their private papers about their family.


13 July, 2021

SEDUCED BY THE LIGHT: The Mina Miller Edison Story, Alexandra Rimer, Ph.D.

Historian and assistant editor at the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University Alexandra Rimer, writing the first biography of the long-suffering wife of Thomas Edison, revealing the true stories of the turbulent lives of the inventor’s family that have been hidden from the public solely for the purpose of enhancing the Edison name for nearly a century. (Lyons Press, World English, 2023)


15 August, 2018

QUEEN OF THE WEST by Theresa Kaminski, Ph.D.

In this new work of history, Dr. Kaminski, author of ANGELS OF THE UNDERGROUND: The American Women Who Restisted the Japanese in the Philippines in WWII,  will offer the first the first full-length biography of mid-20th century multi-faceted star Dale Evans, following her career from small-town girl and radio singer to movie stardom with her life and screen partner Roy Rogers.  (World English to Lyons Press for publication in 2020). For Film & TV, Audio, Translation please contact Jacquie Flynn at jacqueline@delbourgo.914


10 January, 2017

Cowan

nancybansheeNancy Cowan’s life has been all about understanding animals and their relationships to Mankind.  An accredited riding instructor as a teen, as a young mother living in New Hampshire, she became interested in sled dogs and the history of  US exploration of Antarctica by dogteam.  Her conventional split in a conventional subdivision soon had the unconventional accessory of six huskies living in the backyard.  Nancy became known around the globe for her writing about sled dogs as a sportswriter and author of seven self-published books.  While running her own team and occasionally racing them, Nancy rediscovered an inner satisfaction she had known with her horses.  Halfway measures have never been enough for her, so when Jim, Nancy’s husband, began a quest to make falconry a legal hunting sport in the state, she became involved right away.   Now, more than 30 years later, both Cowans are Master Falconers as well as owners of the internationally known New Hampshire School of Falconry.

Life took an unexpected turn when Nancy and Jim were asked by wildlife experts and federal officials to take on the task of becoming licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators with a mission to rehabilitate and evaluate for release the State’s injured peregrine falcons.  Through falconry, Nancy formed a connection with the wild peregrine, N Z,, not with the intention of taming him but rather to prepare him to return to live in the wild.  This connection was so strong, so sweet, and so amazing, it changed Nancy far more than any change she had effected upon the raptor.   Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Peregrine Spring, A Master Falconer’s Extraordinary Life with Birds of Prey (Lyons Press), was written to bear witness to  the surprising  understandings she has learned from years of working with hawks and falcons, something Nancy teaches daily in her classes at her School.  It was named a Best Book of the year by New England Outdoor Writers and will soon be available in Audio from Blackstone Publishing.

Parents of grown children and grandparents of two, Nancy and Jim Cowan reside in the small town of Deering, New Hampshire, where Nancy served 16 years as her town’s Town Clerk and Tax Collector.   She and Jim are both now retired…or as retired as running a busy school can allow.  They share their lives with five hawks, six falcons, and two Gordon Setter dogs.

 


3 November, 2015

Kaminski

Theresa Kaminski, an academically trained historian with a Ph.D., published Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War in June 2020 with Lyons Press. Dr. Walker is the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor, and for decades she worked for gender equality, especially women’s suffrage. The book is the most recent culmination of her fascination with ordinary but scrappy women in history, an interest sparked years ago by watching the Masterpiece Theatre drama, A Town Like Alice. Theresa’s interest in telling the stories of little-known American women to illuminate major themes in American history led her to write three books about the American women caught in the Pacific theater during World War II: Prisoners in Paradise (2000), Citizen of Empire (2011), and Angels of the Underground (2015).

She thought she was finished writing about war. But not long after signing a contract with Lyons Press for the first full-length biography of America’s favorite cowgirl, Dale Evans, another Lyons editor approached her to write a book about Mary Walker. The goal, which was met with months to spare, was to have it out in time for the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. With Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War completed, Theresa has returned to the Dale Evans book, which she hopes will be released into a COVID-19-free world.

Theresa continues to seek out stories of scrappy and tenacious American women to provide readers with unusual, fascinating glimpses into under-examined corners of history. In her spare time, she helps moderate the popular Nonfiction Fans group she co-founded on Facebook, streams lots of shows and movies, reads novels, goes for walks, and contemplates playing the piano again. Theresa lives in a small town outside of Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband–and within easy driving distance of her grandson and his parents.

You can also check out her blog on her website theresakaminski.com and follow her on Twitter @KaminskiTheresa and Instagram @hers_torian.