My name is Nancy Leek. I live in Chico, California and am a retired librarian. Formerly I worked as a reference librarian for the Butte County Library and as the children’s librarian at the Orland Free Library. I am the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer. Together with John Rudderow I edited The Miner Poet: The Poems of Pres Longley.
Now I have a new book, a picture book biography called John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and the Short of It. It has full-color illustrations throughout by the talented Steve Ferchaud. It’s colorful, it’s exciting, and it’s fun to read. A great book for the classroom or the family before or after a visit to Bidwell Mansion.
All books are available by contacting me at goldfieldsbooksca @ gmail.com.
I love Northern California wildflowers and Northern California history. That’s why I am calling this blog goldfields, after one of the wildflowers that we enjoy seeing every year on Table Mountain, and after the real goldfields that drew so many men and women to the Golden State. Now that I am self-publishing my new book, my imprint is Goldfields Books.
When my husband Jim and I retired from our jobs in the spring of 2014, we went on a road trip to Wisconsin to visit family. One of my goals on the road was to see some of the sights that the pioneers like John Bidwell and the thousands who followed him would see along the way: Chimney Rock, Scott’s Bluff, Fort Laramie, Independence Rock, the Great Salt Lake and the Humboldt River. Here I am at Chimney Rock in Nebraska.