California history is fascinating! I love to read and research the history of 19th century northern California, especially in Butte County, where I live. I have written two books about John Bidwell, and helped to edit another book on a local poet, as you can see below. I also write for the Butte County Historical Society Diggin’s and this blog.
Books can be ordered by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A 30% discount will be given to libraries and resellers. Shipping is $3.00 for one book, and $1 for each additional book in the same order. Delivery within Chico can be arranged.
Books are also available at the following retail outlets: Bidwell Mansion, Made in Chico, The Bookstore (Chico), the Chico Museum, Patrick Ranch, My Girlfriend’s Closet in Paradise and The Rusty Wagon in Orland.
I am also available for talks to groups and school presentations. Please contact me at email@example.com.
by Nancy Leek, illustrated by Steve Ferchaud
$17.00 (includes California sales tax)
32 pages, full-color illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9965832-0-6 (Goldfields Books)
A picture book biography of California pioneer and Chico founder John Bidwell and his wife, Annie Kennedy Bidwell.
“Leek brings the history of John and Annie Bidwell to life in this colorful and informative book that Chicoans and history buffs will love!” ~ Debbie Cobb, News Anchor and Author
John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer, by Nancy Leek
119 pages, illustrated with drawings, photos, and maps
ISBN 978-1-931994-25-5 (ANCHR)
This book is also available from the publisher, ANCHR, http://www.csuchico.edu/anchr/
“Nancy Leek’s new biography of California pioneer John Bidwell helps to fill the constant and on-going need for good local history books suitable for young readers. In clear, engaging, and accessible prose, Leek tells the exciting story of Bidwell, who helped organize the first overland covered wagon train of American settlers bound for the Golden State, thus blazing the celebrated California Trail. Arriving at Sutter’s Fort in 1841, Bidwell went on to serve in the Bear Flag Revolt, fight in the Mexican War, discover gold on the Feather River, win election to Congress during the Civil War, and run for President of the United States in 1892. All this, and more, is covered by Leek in a well-written work that will make a welcome addition to any California classroom. A terrific selection for budding young California historians!” ~ Dr. Michael F. Magliari, California State University, Chico
The Miner Poet: Poems of Pres Longley, by Alexander Preston Longley, edited by John Rudderow and Nancy Leek
181 pages, illustrated with photographs
ISBN 978-1-935807-07-0 (Stansbury Publishing)
“Pres Longley, through his verse, captured the spirit of California as it transitioned away from the rambunctious days of the Gold Rush. A miner himself, he championed the little guy, advocated for women’s rights, gloried in California’s sublime scenery, and became the “Bard of Butte County.” The California State Library is proud to have preserved his colorful poetry and to assist John Rudderow and Nancy Leek in realizing his dream of having his poems published in book form.” ~ Gary Kurutz, Special Collections Curator Emeritus, California State Library