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General Information

Name:  Owen Hurd  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


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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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities (For Kids series)
ISBN: 1556526547

Chicago Review Press. 2007

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.

After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters
ISBN: 0399537538

TarcherPerigee. 2012

“Where Are They Now?” meets History 101.

We’re all familiar with the seminal events and key players in our nation’s history. But what about the lives lived after the fact?

Picking up where traditional histories leave off, After the Fact uncovers the telling details of history’s most compelling subplots:

  • After his famous midnight ride, Paul Revere was later kicked out of the militia for his role in the Penobscot Expedition, the most disastrous military blunder of the Revolutionary War.
  • Consumed with guilt over his role as a magistrate in the Salem Witch Trials, Samuel Sewell became an advocate for both African and Native American rights.
  • Years after clashing with bootleggers like Al Capone, former Prohibition agent Eliot Ness was involved in a hit-and-run accident while driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • After her famous bus ride, Rosa Parks worked as a seamstress, performed behind-the-scenes volunteer work for the NAACP, and sued the band Outkast.
  • After resigning the presidency, Richard Nixon unwittingly testified on behalf of Deep Throat in an unrelated conspiracy trial.

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