At 65, Kathryn Canavan is a first-time author.
It is natural that she write about the Lincoln assassination, the most consequential crime in American history, because Canavan started her journalism career as a crime reporter.
She eventually worked as reporter or editor in four states, but left the full-time newsroom to serve as a caregiver for her terminally ill parents.
Her freelance writing has been published in USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer 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.
To get a story, Canavan has reported at gunpoint, lived with the Moonies, negotiated with a killer, joined Tug McGraw in the Phillies dugout and spent weeks in archives.
Canavan began researching the unintended consequences of the Lincoln assassination in 2009.
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.
Canavan has appeared on CSpan3 American History TV, WHYY Public Television and the Larry Mendte Show.
She has spoken at Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, the Lincoln Assassination Studies Conference, Filson Historical Society, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Lincoln Club of Delaware and the Delaware State Archives.
She is grateful to Lincoln scholars at the Surratt Society, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Discussion Symposium for their help. It was invaluable as she researched the ordinary people who played a part in the most extraordinary event in American history.
She is especially grateful for the help of Dr. Edward Steers Jr., author of “Blood on the Moon,” “The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence,” and nine additional Lincoln books.