K.D. Huxman’s new nonfiction children’s book (pictured above.)
Author K. D. Huxman
What Ludlow looks like current day
Today’s post is a departure from my usual photography and poetry to share a peak into an interesting new book by a fellow SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) author.
1. Tell us the name of your book and what was your inspiration?
The title is COLORADO COAL FIELD WAR: MASSACRE AT LUDLOW.
My publisher, Apprentice Shop Books wanted to put together a series for middle school and older to highlight events in American history that changed hearts and minds. The Ludlow Massacre was part of a larger conflict in the mines of Colorado that pitted immigrant miners against wealthy mine owners. I’m a transplant to Colorado. The first time I heard about this bit of history was in a newspaper article. It caught my mind. When I was invited to submit book proposal, it didn’t take me long to decide to retell this story.
2. Is this your first nonfiction book? What else have you written?
Yes, this is my first book length nonfiction. I have written shorter biographical pieces for Apprentice Shop Books’ 25 Women You Should Know series. I have two picture books out. For adults I’ve had six novels, three novellas, and a short story published as well as a number of magazine pieces and poetry.
3. Will you have a teacher’s guide to go along with this book?
It’s been suggested that I do so. At this time it is a work in progress. I’ll post it on my website when I’ve got it finished.
4. Your book is about events that happened over 100 years ago, did you find research to be challenging?
The massacre at Ludlow was well documented in the newspapers at the time as well as by the Colorado Militia in regards to movements of troops and the legal actions following the events. There are many photos available. It was a pleasant bit of history hunting to do the research. Ludlow is a ghost town now, but I drove down there and took some time taking pictures and getting a feel for the place.
5. Are there any events present day that you feel are tied to the massacre at Ludlow?
As I was doing my research and writing it was clear to me that there are many corollaries to be drawn from those events over a hundred years ago. In some ways the plight of immigrants and the challenges they faced haven’t changed. The desire to improve our lot in life is a very human desire, and does not fade with time. The struggles to organize the mines and miners helped create the labor organizations we have today. Lastly, the fact that men still go into the earth all over the world to dig for coal and other materials and die in the attempt hasn’t changed. It remains a dangerous job.
You can find K.D. Huxman at:
Her book is available now on Amazon.com and Apprenticeshopbooks.com