Annual Meeting

James Alexander Thom

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

 Wednesday, June 25

5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
MCPL, Room 1B

Free and open to the public. Bring a friend!


A Funny Thing Happened
on My Way to the Best Seller List

Guest Speaker, James Alexander Thom

Come hear a bestselling master of historical fiction, James Alexander Thom, who has brought unforgettable Native American figures to life for millions of readers, powerfully dramatizing their fortitude, fearsomeness, and profound fates. This talk is part of the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting. Thom will be available to sign books after the talk. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

"James Alexander Thom is one of the finest historical novelists writing today....he cares passionately about getting it right, and has a gift for illuminating those forgotten but fascinating corners of the American past." —John Sugden, author of Tecumseh, A Life

James Alexander Thom is known for his painstaking research and the historical accuracy of his books. His works include:

  • Spectator Sport (a novel about the tragic events of the 1973 Indianapolis 500 auto race)

  • Staying Out of Hell

  • Long Knife (a novelized biography of General George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War Hero, victor of the Battle of Fort Sackville in Vincennes, Indiana, and conqueror of the Northwest Territory)

  • From Sea to Shining Sea (a novelized biography based on the lives of the John and Ann Rogers Clark family, their 10 children which included brothers General George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War Hero, and Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific)

  • Panther in the Sky (a novelized biography of Tecumseh, the Shawnee Indian chieftain)

  • Follow the River (based on the Draper's Meadow massacre of 1755; adapted for TV movie, 1995)

  • Red Heart

  • Sign Talker (a novelized biography of George Drouillard, who was with Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery expedition)

  • The Children of First Man (a novelization of the genesis and the demise of the Mandan Indaian Tribe)

  • St. Patrick's Battalion (a novel about Saint Patrick's Battalion in the Mexican-American War of 1846)

  • Warrior Woman (with Dark Rain Thom, a novel about the life of Shawnee peace chief Nonhelema, born 1774)

  • The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction