New Book!

Got delivery today on 500 copies of my new book. Here they are:


Peter Lassen: The True Story of a Danish Pioneer in California tells the story of Lassen’s adventures coming to America and settling in California. Steve Ferchaud did the illustrations and Carla Resnick did the graphic design and layout. I thank them for their wonderful work, as well as Josie Reichschneider-Smith and Ken Johnston for checking the historical facts, Gary Kurutz for giving me a great blurb for the back cover, and Christian and Jens Bak for helping Steve and I get the look of old Copenhagen right.

Here’s what Gary Kurutz said about the book:

“Through comprehensive research and gifted writing, historian Nancy Leek brings out the magnetic life of this intrepid Danish pioneer who crossed the country to settle and tame the rugged and remote land of northeastern California. Like Captain Sutter, he was generous and welcoming to immigrants and respected Native Americans, only to be murdered in 1859 on his way to the newly discovered Nevada silver mines.”

(Gary is the former curator of the California State Library and the executive director of the California State Library Foundation.)

Here are a couple of inside pages. That’s Peter Lassen and John Bidwell exploring the Sacramento Valley and hunting grizzly bear.


Information about purchasing the book can be found on the My Books tab above.

Here are some other blog pages about Lassen: searching out his life and his mysterious death.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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