Kathryn Canavan became a first-time author at 65.
It is natural that she write about the Lincoln assassination, the most consequential crime in American history, because Canavan began her journalism career as a crime reporter.
To get a story, she has reported at gunpoint, lived with the Moonies, negotiated with a killer and joined Tug McGraw in the Phillies dugout.
She eventually worked as reporter or editor in four states, but she left full-time work to serve as a caregiver for chronically ill parents. Her freelance writing has been published in USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, History News Network, and Prevention magazine.
She was named a National Health Journalism Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism in 2011. Her fellowship project, “No Child Allowed Outside,” chronicled the health effects of gun violence on young children.
She is a 2017 Individual Artist Fellow of Delaware Division of the Arts, awarded the Established Professional Award for Creative Nonfiction.
She is a former dinosaur docent at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and former long-time volunteer with Cub Pack 506, the nation’s first Cub Scout pack exclusively for boys living in shelters or on the streets.