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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Gregorich  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1943 in Sharon, Pennsylvania

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Illinois Connection

Barbara lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregorich writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, for adults and also for children. In 2014 she was an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar for her presentation on women who played baseball — ''Margaret, Nellie, and Rose: The Story of Women in Baseball''. She also teaches various courses on writing and on self-publishing.Barbara earned her B.A. in literature and history from Kent State University; her M.A. in literature from the University of Wisconsin; and she completed postgraduate courses in American Studies at Harvard University. A former English instructor at Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College, she also worked as a typesetter for the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune and a letter carrier for the US Postal Service.She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Private Eye Writers of America, and the Society for American Baseball Research. She is married to Phil Passen, hammered dulcimer musician.


Chicago Women in Publishing Award for Children’s Books — Sue Likes Blue , 1984 SABR-MacMillan Baseball Research Award — Women at Play

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Contact Author via [] '''Speeches and Seminars include ''' *Thinking Like a Mystery Writer *Mountain Passes in American History *When Women Played Baseball The Story of Margaret, Nellie, and Rose *Self-Publishing Through CreateSpace The Step-by-Step Process *Keeping the Wolf from the Door A Look at Idioms *Charlie Chan’s Poppa The Life of Earl Derr Biggers

Selected Titles At Your Library

Crossing the skyway :
ISBN: 9781481209984. OCLC Number: 830533517

Philbar Books,. .

Dirty proof :
ISBN: 1463585705. OCLC Number: 747112545

Philbar Books,. .

"Ralph Blasingame was a rising executive at the Chicago Truth-Examiner until he fell into the presses late one night and came out as bad news. Now his former lover, Suzanne Quering, is suspected of giving him a helping hand into the spinning wheel of death. She hires private eye Frank Dragovic to prove she didn't do it. Trouble is, on the night of Blasingame's death, Suzanne Quering was working late at the Truth-Examiner. Worse still, a silk scarf was found in the presses with Blasingame's body. She had such a scarf. Trouble is, she can't find it anywhere. In taking on the case, Dragovic encounters numerous suspects. He also encounters police lieutenant Dragan Brdar, who grew up with him in Chicago's South Side Croatian neighborhood. Brdar informs Frank that Quering isn't as innocent as she sounds: not so long ago, she had threatened to kill Blasingame. With the police eager to prove murder, can Frank clear his stubborn red-headed client--or will the memory of her flaming hair haunt him long after she's locked away?"--Publisher.

Guide to writing the mystery novel :
ISBN: 1500714488. OCLC Number: 904147931

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Jack and Larry :
ISBN: 1467958018. OCLC Number: 778852959

Philbar Books,. .

Research notes for Women at play :
ISBN: 1491023597. OCLC Number: 700943141

CreateSpace Books,. .

Companion to Women at Play.

She's on first
ISBN: 9781449573072. OCLC Number: 758909556

Philbar Books,. .

A woman playing the big leagues? From the long-ago moment when fearsome hitter Big Al Mowerinski scouted her Little League team, he knew Linda Sunshine was special. But when Big Al buys the Chicago Eagles and signs Linda as shortstop, no one can believe he doesn't have an ulterior motive. The season is more than half gone and the pennant race is blistering by the time Linda and the rest of the team learn what Al's motives were.

Sound proof
ISBN: 9781456533267. OCLC Number: 758906449

Philbar Books,. .

Chicago private eye Frank Dragovic is working undercover at Midwest Music Madness, a folk festival targeted by a thief and soon the theft of musical instruments crescendos to murder. Surrounded by musicians, can he find the thief?

Waltur buys a pig in a poke and other stories /
ISBN: 0618473068. OCLC Number: 56413206

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Two bears, Waltur and Darwin, learn from their friend Matilda such lessons as "do not buy a pig in a poke" and "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."

Waltur paints himself into a corner :
ISBN: 0618747966. OCLC Number: 77708465

Houghton Mifflin,. .

Walter the bear learns more lessons from his friend Matilda, such as "don't put the cart before the horse" and "let sleeping dogs lie."

Women at play :
ISBN: 0156982978. OCLC Number: 27430189

Harcourt Brace & Co.,. .

Girls and women have played baseball (hardball: the real thing) from the beginning. Soon after professional baseball started up in 1869, women formed "base ball clubs" and - wearing heavy stockings and striped, shortened dresses - challenged men's teams across the country. One star pitcher, Maud Nelson, often struck out four or five men in the first few innings of a game. After World War I, these "Bloomer Girl" teams, such as the Philadelphia Bobbies and the Chicago All-Star Ranger Girls, proliferated. During the 1930s women such as Jackie Mitchell pitched against major leaguers; in one memorable exhibition game, Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.