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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cynthia Clampitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Clampitt makes her home in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthia Clampitt is an award-winning writer and popular speaker, focusing primarily on topics related to food, travel, history, and geography. In addition to being an author she writes for magazines and educational publishers (history and geography). In 2017 she was selected by the Illinois Humanities Council for the special Illinois Bicentennial “Road Scholar” program—her second time as an “Illinois Road Scholar."

Cynthia contributed major articles to the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and World Encyclopedia of Street Food, as well as shorter articles to the Encyclopedia of Chicago Food and Drink. Her book, Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs: From Wild Boar to Baconfest, is being published by Rowman & Littlefield (Sept. 2018), and she has begun work on another book of Midwest history.

Cynthia is a member of the Society of Women Geographers, Culinary Historians of Chicago, Society of Midland Authors, Chicago Writers Association, Association of Food Journalists, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.


-- Mom's Choice Award for Travel Writing for Waltzing Australia

-- Short-listed for Midwestern History Association award for best regional history book of 2015 and Honorable mention, Eric Hoffer Awards, Midwest Maize

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) For program topics or for upcoming speaking engagements, visit Cynthia's website and click on "Speaking Links" at the left. Her programs include:

''How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else''
About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass in Mexico transformed itself into corn and then transformed the Americas, even before First Contact. After First Contact, it swept across North America, building cities and inspiring poets, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Vampires, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago Bears are all part of this remarkable story. Today, corn is more important than ever. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $135 plus travel and permission to sell books) *Clampitt is again an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar — for the Illinois Bicentennial speaker bureau — with this program.
''Seeking Spiceland''
For most of recorded history, people searched for routes to southern India, source of many of world�s most popular spices. But Southern India offers more than spices. It possesses a surprising history, stunning beauty, gracious people, and wonderful food. Come learn about spice history, the place of southern India in world events, and the delights to be enjoyed by a visitor today. Narrated slideshow. Includes handouts. (General audience; 60 min; $135 plus travel)
''The Rule of Rum''
Come learn the reason rum arose where it did and when it did, and how pirates got involved, as well as how rum helped unite the 13 Colonies, why it became one of the issues that led to the American Revolution, how it also led to a revolt in its next home after the Caribbean Australia, and how it affected culture and history after that. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60 min; $135 plus travel)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Midwest maize :
ISBN: 0252080572. OCLC Number: 901275228

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A vital crop's impact on human history, industry, and eating.

Pigs, pork, and Heartland hogs :
ISBN: 1538110741. OCLC Number: 1027847310

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Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs is a celebration of the 12,000-year connection between humans and the world's most commonly consumed meat: pork. Throughout history, pigs shaped cultures and cuisines. Introduced into the Americas, they changed lives and, in time, helped define the Midwest, reflecting the region's diversity and abundance.

Waltzing Australia
ISBN: 9781419663062. OCLC Number: 192059805

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