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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gerry Souter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born:


-- Website -- http://www.avril1.com/
-- Gerry Souter on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=gerry+souter


Illinois Connection

Souter attended the art institute in Chicago and now lives in Arlington Heights.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gerry Souter and his wife Janet are authors of more than 40 books for mainstream publishers. Gerry has been a television and video director, producer and writer for 15 years as well as an international assignment photographer, cinematographer, book illustrator, editorial cartoonist and all-around swell guy. He has traveled and worked around the world and the Souters' books have been translated into many languages. They currently have agents and publishers in New York, Paris, London and California.


Published Works

  • Buying and Selling Multimedia Services, Focal Press, 1997
  • The American Toy Train, Motorbooks International, 1999 - written with Janet Souter
  • The American Fire Station, MBI, 2000 - written with Janet Souter
  • James Buchanan: Our Fifteenth President, Childs World, 2001 - written with Janet Souter
  • Arlington Heights Illinois: Downtown Renaissance, Arcadia Publishing, 2001 - written with Jaent Souter
  • Modern Toy Trains, MBI, 2002 - written with Janet Souter
  • Classic Toy Trains, MBI, 2002 - written with Janet Souter
  • Classic Lionel Trains, 1900-1969, MBI, 2003 - written with Janet Souter
  • Bringing Photos, Music, and Video into Your Web Page, Enslow Publishing, 2003 - written with Janet and Allison Souter
  • Creating E-Reports and Online Presentations, Enslow Publishing, 2003 - written with Janet and Allison Souter
  • Creating Animation for Your Web Page, Enslow Publishing, 2003 - written with Janet and Allison Souter
  • Researching on the Internet Using Search Engines, Bulletin Boards, and Listservs, Enslow Publishing, 2003 - written with Janet and Allison Souter
  • American Flyer: Classic Toy Trains, American Flyer: Classic Toy Trains, 2004 - written with Janet Souter
  • Lionel: America's Favorite Toy Trains, Voyageur Press, 2005 - written with Janet Souter
  • Burlington Zephyr, Specialty Press, 2005
  • Frida Kahlo: Beneath the Mirror, Parkstone Press, 2005
  • Battle Tanks: Power in the Field, Enslow Publishing, 2006
  • Military Rifles Fierce Firepower, Enslow Publishing, 2006
  • Secret Service Agent: And Careers in Federal Protection, Enslow Publishing, 2006
  • The Founding of the United States Experience: 1763-1815, Presidio Press, 2006 - written with Janet Souter
  • Edward Hopper: Light and Dark, Parkstone Press, 2007
  • John Quincy Adams: Our Sixth President, Childs World, 2008 - written with Janet Souter
  • Warren G. Harding: Our Twenty Ninth President, Childs World, 2008 - written with Janet Souter
  • Millard Fillmore: Our Thirteenth President, Childs World, 2008 - written with Janet Souter
  • Diego Rivera, Parkstone Press, 2008
  • Malevich, Parkstone Press, 2008
  • Vietnam War Experience, Carlton Publishing, 2008
  • The Earnhardts: A Biography, Greenwood, 2009
  • Founding Fathers: the Shaping of America, Metro Books, 2009 - written with Janet Souter
  • Arlington Heights, Illinois: A Brief History, The History Press, 2009 - written with Janet Souter
  • The Chicago Air and Water Show (IL): A History of Wings above the Waves, The History Press, 2010 - written with Janet Souter
  • War in Afghanistan and Iraq: The Daily Life of the Men and Women Serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, Carlton Books, 2011 - written with Jantel Souter
  • American Shooter: A Personal History of Gun Culture in the United States, Potomac Books Inc., 2012
  • Edward Hopper, Parkstone Press, 2012
  • Rivera, Parkstone Press, 2013


Selected Titles At Your Library

Buying and selling multimedia services /
ISBN: 0240802721. OCLC Number:

Focal Press,. Boston :. ©1997.

The American toy train /
ISBN: 0760306206. OCLC Number:

MBI,. Osceola, Wis :. 1999.

In the 20th century, perhaps no toy has enjoyed as much adulation as the toy train. It seems virtually everyone who came of age before the era of the computer chip was once a scale-size railroad baron, building empires on their parents' living room floors. As we debark for the 21st century, the popularity of toy trains as playthings has been somewhat displaced by high-tech electronic gadgetry, but their desirability to collectors and hobbyists rolls ahead more determined than ever.

The American fire station /
ISBN: 0760309299. OCLC Number:

MBI Pub. Co.,. Osceola, Wis. :. 2000.

James Buchanan :
ISBN: 1567668526. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Chanhassen, Minn. :. 2002.

Discusses the early life, family, political career, and contributions of the fifteenth president of the United States.

Arlington Heights, Illinois :
ISBN: 0738518689. OCLC Number:

Arcadia,. Charleston, SC :. ©2001.

Modern toy trains /
ISBN: 076031179X. OCLC Number:

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Three decades of toy trains, describing how corporations and enthusiasts have transformed the hobby with the aid of computer-driven features, state-of-the-art casting processes and overseas productions.

Classic toy trains /
ISBN: 0760313679. OCLC Number:

MBI Pub.,. St. Paul, MN :. ©2002.

Text and photographs present a history of toy trains.

Classic Lionel trains /
ISBN: 0760311382. OCLC Number:

MBI Pub. Co.,. St. Paul, MN :. 2002.

Bringing photos, music, and video into your Web page /
ISBN: 0766020827. OCLC Number:

Enslow,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2003.

Learn how to add photos, sound, and videos to you Web site.

Creating E-reports and online presentations /
ISBN: 0766020800. OCLC Number:

Enslow,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2003.

Carefully explained examples illustrate the steps involved in creating a good report.

Creating animation for your Web page /
ISBN: 0766020835. OCLC Number:

Enslow,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2003.

Learn how to create animated pictures and add them to your Web site.

Researching on the Internet using search engines, bulletin boards, and listservs /
ISBN: 0766020819. OCLC Number:

Enslow,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2003.

Learn how to research the Internet and find the information you need by using search enginges, bulletin boards, listservs, and chatrooms.

American flyer :
ISBN: 1402718551. OCLC Number:

Friedman Fairfax Pub,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2004.

Lionel :
ISBN: 0760319308. OCLC Number:

MBI Pub.,. St. Paul, MN :. ©2005.

Burlington Zephyrs /
ISBN: 1580070825. OCLC Number:

Specialty ;. North Branch, Minn. :. ©2005.

Frida Kahlo :
ISBN: 0760778000. OCLC Number:

Barnes & Noble,. [New York] :. 2007.

Battle tanks :
ISBN: 0766026582. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Examines tanks such as the M60A1 Patton, the M1A2 Abrams, and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and how they are used.

Military rifles :
ISBN: 0766026620. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Discusses the most important piece of military equipment, the rifle.

Secret service agent and careers in federal protection /
ISBN: 0766026515. OCLC Number:

Enslow Publishers,. Berkeley Heights, NJ :. ©2006.

Provides an introduction to the U.S. Secret Service, an agency charged with protecting the president of the United States and other government officials, and the Federal Protective Service, whose agents guard federal properties and investigate criminal activity, and describes different jobs within these organizations.

The founding of the United States experience, 1763-1815 /
ISBN: 0891418997. OCLC Number:

Presidio Press,. New York :. ©2006.

This slip-cased collectible provides a unique glimpse into the birth of a nation. Military, political, and social events are explored through the text and audio CD plus 30 facsimile items.

Edward Hopper :
ISBN: 1859954200. OCLC Number:

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This volume presents a series of reproductions (etchings, watercolors, and oil on canvas paintings) from American realist painter and printmaker Edward Hopper (1882-1967). In both his urban and rural scenes, his sparse and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life. In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of man confronted to the American way of life as it developed in the 1920s. Inspired by the movies and particularly by the various camera angles and attitudes of characters, his paintings expose the alienation of mass culture. Done in cold colors and inhabited by anonymous characters, Hoppers paintings also symbolically reflect the Great Depression. Despite his numerous trips to Europe, he remained impervious to the major trends revolutionizing painting at the time, such as cubism or surrealism. Dedicated to a very personal approach to his subjects, he modeled himself on classical painters, such as Rembrandt, Degas, or Daumier. His paintings of gas stations, motels, and scenes from everyday life represent an aesthetic testimony to individualism, wide open spaces, and the fundamental values of the American nation.

John Quincy Adams :
ISBN: 1602530351. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

A thorough, illustrated biography discussing Adams's childhood, his career, his family, and his term as the sixth president of the United States.

Warren G. Harding :
ISBN: 1602530572. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

A thorough, illustrated biography discussing the childhood, career, family, and term of Warren G. Harding, twenty-ninth president of the United States.

Millard Fillmore :
ISBN: 1602530424. OCLC Number:

Child's World,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©2009.

A thorough, illustrated biography discussing the childhood, career, family, and term of Millard Fillmore, thirteenth president of the United States.

Diego Rivera :
ISBN: 1844846555. OCLC Number:

Parkstone International,. [New York] :. ©2007.

"Diego Rivera is celebrated by Gerry Souter as a virtuoso Mexican muralist, where he could express at once his legend and myths, his technical talent, his intense story-telling focus and self-indulgent ideological convictions. His easel paintings and drawings also constitute a large body of both his early and late work and are represented in the book. Gerry Souter, the author of Frida Kahlo, overcomes his huge admiration for Diego Rivera to give the artist a human dimension, found in his political choices, his love affairs and his belief that this truth was Mexico, the language of his thoughts, the blood in his veins, the azure sky above his resting place."--Publisher description.

Malevich :
ISBN: 185995684X. OCLC Number:

Parkstone Press International,. New York :. ©2008.

"Kazimir Malevich (1878 - 1935) was a painter and a great art theorist but first and foremost he was the founder of Suprematism (pure abstraction), a style based on geometrical forms. "Suprematism" he wrote, "has led me to discover something that had not been understood until then _ there is in human consciousness an imperious desire of space and the will to escape from Earth?" This new publication presents the brilliant works of Malevich, the original painter, who until the age of twentyseven had no professional background as a painter, and who learned to draw out of curiosity and out of his will to learn. Gerry Souter once more offers us the works of a brilliant artist as well as a new perspective on the artist's personality."--Pub. website.

The Vietnam War experience /
ISBN: 1844420574. OCLC Number:

Carlton,. London :. 2008.

The Earnhardts :
ISBN: 0313358400. OCLC Number:

Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO,. Santa Barbara, Calif. :. ©2009.

From mid-century dirt tracks to today's super speedways, The Earnhardts: A Biography tells the remarkable story of a racing family-Dale, his father Ralph, and son Dale Jr.-whose careers span the full history of NASCAR and whose accomplishments define this unique American motorsport.''Drawing on extensive research, including interviews with friends, family, and sports writers covering the NASCAR scene, Gerry Souter follows the Earnhardts' story from Ralph's short track racing in cars he built himself to Dale's record-setting career and shocking death to Dale Jr.'s emergence as one of the sport's most popular figures today. Through the lives of the Earnhardts, and their unmatched legacy of hard work and victory, readers see American stock car racing evolve from its rural Southern roots into a nationwide phenomenon.''

Founding fathers :
ISBN: 1862006237. OCLC Number:

SevenOaks,. London :. ©2009.

Military, political, and social events are explored through the text plus 15 facsimile items.

Arlington Heights, Illinois :
ISBN: 1596296747. OCLC Number:

History Press,. Charleston, S.C. :. 2009.

The Chicago Air + Water Show :
ISBN: 1596298375. OCLC Number:

History Press,. Charleston, SC :. 2010.

War in Afghanistan and Iraq /
ISBN: 1847328954. OCLC Number:

Carlton Books,. London :. ©2011.

Uses dramatic photographs, detailed illustrations, maps, and easy-to-follow text to tell the story of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in an accessible way for young readers, showing how servicemen and women live and fight while training the Afghan and Iraqi armies to defend their countries and provide security to their cities and villages.

American shooter :
ISBN: 1597976903. OCLC Number:

Potomac Books, Inc.,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2011.

Edward Hopper :
ISBN: 1906981620. OCLC Number:

Parkstone Press USA,. New York :. 2012.

"In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of man confronted to the American way of life as it developed in the 1920s. Inspired by the movies and particularly by the various camera angles and attitudes of characters, his paintings expose the alienation of mass culture. Done in cold colours and inhabited by anonymous characters, Hopper's paintings also symbolically reflect the Great Depression. Through a series of different reproductions (etchings, watercolours, and oil-on-canvas paintings), as well as thematic and artistic analysis, the author sheds new light on the enigmatic and tortured world of this outstanding figure"--

Rivera /
ISBN: 1844846032. OCLC Number:

Parkstone Press International,. New York :. [2009?]

Annotation


Speaking Engagements

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Holdup Program

Gerry Souter takes the audience back to a time when outlaws lived bold and died hard. Based on his book, Guns of Outlaws Weapons of the American Bad Man, Souter relates myths and amusing truths about gunslingers and lawmen, 1840 to 1940. Stories include Pearl Hart, who learned that successful stagecoach robberies required a horse; the marshal who used a commemorative rifle to rob a nearby bank; and why Bonnie and Clyde paid for lodging with dimes and nickels. (Adults; 45-60 min; $150 negotiable with permission to sell books)