Monthly Archives: December 2013

Janet Dailey, Beloved Romance Author, Dies

Janet Dailey, author of over ninety works of historical fiction and popular romances, died unexpectedly at the age of 69 years over the past weekend. She had undergone emergency heart surgery in November but had bounced back and was cheerfully looking forward to returning to work.

She has been a client of Richard Curtis Associates since publication of her bestselling novel HEIRESS and has published dozens more since then, including a police detective trilogy, sequels to her popular Calder western historical series, and Christmas romances for her current publisher Kensington Books. Some sixty of her older titles have been reissued by E-Reads. After the death of her husband Bill she took over operation of his successful Branson, Missouri music theatre business. She also renovated and reopened Ye Olde Englishe Inn in Hollister, Missouri.

Janet Dailey was a trailblazing romance author who matured into a serious chronicler of western history, emphasizing love of the land and the passionate men and women who forged the American west. Her fans will miss her but none more than myself, her friend and agent for decades.
Richard Curtis
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Janet Dailey was born Janet Haradon in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. She attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land development until they “retired” to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, setting a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was “No Quarter Asked”. She has since gone on to write approximately 90 novels, 21 of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. She has won many awards and accolades for her work, appearing widely on radio and television. Today, there are over three-hundred million Janet Dailey books in print in 19 different languages, making her one of the most popular novelists in the world. For more information about Janet Dailey visit www.janetdailey.com.

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Christmas Gift for Him? Solved!

Though we’re not prophets we can safely predict that you’re intensely involved in filling out your holiday gift list.  We can also predict that for your your favorite males, many of whom seem to have everything, you will be thrilled to find the ideal gift in your local bookstore or online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It’s The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver, arguably the world’s authority on the beverage.

Here is Oxford University Press’s product description for the book:

For millennia, beer has been a favorite beverage in cultures across the globe. After water and tea, it is the most popular drink in the world, and it is at the center of a $450 billion industry.

The first major reference work to investigate the history and vast scope of beer, The Oxford Companion to Beer features more than 1,100 A-Z entries written by 166 of the world’s most prominent beer experts. Attractively illustrated with over 140 images, the book covers everything from the agricultural makeup of various beers to the technical elements of the brewing process, local effects of brewing on regions around the world, and the social and political implications of sharing a beer. Entries not only define terms such as “dry hopping” and “cask conditioning” but give fascinating details about how these and other techniques affect a beer’s taste, texture, and popularity. Cultural entries shed light on such topics as pub games, food pairings and the development of beer styles. Readers will enjoy vivid accounts of how our drinking traditions have changed throughout history, and how these traditions vary in different parts of the world, from Japan to Mexico, New Zealand, and Brazil, among many other countries. The pioneers of beer-making are the subjects of biographical entries, and the legacies these pioneers have left behind, in the form of the world’s most popular beers and breweries, are recurrent themes throughout the book.

Packed with information, this comprehensive resource also includes thorough appendices (covering beer festivals, beer magazines, and more), conversion tables, and an index. Featuring a foreword by Tom Colicchio, this book is the perfect shelf-mate to Oxford’s renowned Companion to Wine and an absolutely indispensable volume for everyone who loves beer as well as all beverage professionals, including home brewers, restaurateurs, journalists, cooking school instructors, beer importers, distributors, and retailers, and a host of others.

Garrett Oliver is the Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. He has won many awards for his beers, is a frequent judge for international beer competitions, and has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesperson for craft brewing.

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T. R. Fehrenbach, Distinguished Historian, Dead at 88

T.R. Fehrenbach, the distinguished historian, author and decorated World War II and Korean military veteran, has died at the age of 88. He was the author of eighteen nonfiction books, several of which have been put back into print by E-Reads.

After the Korean War Fehrenbach began his writing career with a science fiction story, Remember the Alamo, but it was his history of the Korean War, This Kind of War, that established him as a formidable historian despite the fact that he had no formal academic training. That did not prevent him from producing a history of Texas, Lone Star, that is considered the best single-volume work about the state ever written. Those works were followed by histories of Mexico, Swiss banks, The Battle of Anzio, and the US Marines, among others. He wrote a popular and long-running column for the San Antonio Express-News.

He won many civilian awards and honors. Gov. Rick Perry in 2001 named Fehrenbach commissioner emeritus of the state agency he headed from 1983 to 2001.

Fehrenbach – “Ted” – was a client of Richard Curtis Agency for many decades, and a cherished friend.

Richard Curtis

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