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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Owen Hurd  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Owen Hurd lives in Chicago with his wife Geralyn and son Patrick.

Biographical and Professional Information

Owen Hurd is a writer and editor. He has 20 years of professional writing experience, working for business and nonprofit clients. Hurd has a master's degree in English from DePaul University (1993). He graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1987 with a major in political science and a minor in history. Hurd has worked for several book publishers in Chicago, including Loyola University Press and Bonus Books, where he was an acquisitions editor.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

After the fact :
ISBN: 9780399537530. OCLC Number: 747529430

Penguin Group,. .

Presents interesting anecdotes of famous Americans, including Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

Chicago history for kids :
ISBN: 9781556528316. OCLC Number: 233823476

Chicago Review Press,. .

From the Native Americans who lived in the Chicago area for thousands of years, to the first European explorers Marquette and Jolliet, to the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series win, parents, teachers, and kids will love this comprehensive and exciting history of how Chicago became the third largest city in the U.S. Chicago's spectacular and impressive history comes alive through activities such as building a model of the original Ferris Wheel, taking architectural walking tours of the first skyscrapers and Chicago's oldest landmarks, and making a Chicago-style hotdog. Serving as both a guide to kids and their parents and an engaging tool for teachers, this book details the first Chicagoan Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the world's first skyscraper, and the hosting of two World's Fairs. In addition to uncovering Windy City treasures such as the birth of the vibrant jazz era of Louis Armstrong and the work of Chicago poets, novelists, and songwriters, kids will also learn about Chicago's triumphant and tortured sports history.