Author Archives: Guest Author

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Mike Ward, Part II

Several weeks ago, we ran a biography of the early life of Ghost Riders in the Sky author Mike Ward. He’s been on the road selling books, but he finally made the time to write the second half of the … Continue reading

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From Lawrence Welk to Gorlock, Everyone Records “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

By Jim Turner “Ghost Riders in the Sky” has to be one of the most recorded songs in history, its global popularity spanning more than half a century. The range of artists who recorded it is even more remarkable, from … Continue reading

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Mike Ward — Rock Star, Surfer, Ranger, and Author of Ghost Riders in the Sky

By Jim Turner Mike Ward was born in Pomona, California, during the Truman administration (1945–53) and grew up in Arcadia, an idyllic suburb of Los Angeles. He says the crowning achievement of his grade school years was when he “handily … Continue reading

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Uprising: Writing About the Only Successful Native American Revolution

By Jim Turner “That day in August, the Pueblo people of the northern Rio Grande and points west exploded in fury, rising up to drive the Spanish military, colonists, and Franciscan missionaries all the way back into New Spain (today’s … Continue reading

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Retracing Native Roads Day 8, Gallup to Winslow: Petrified Forest, Standin on the Corner, and Route 66

For the past several months, Rio Nuevo editor Jim Turner has been sharing his adventures in the Four Corners area as he worked on the third edition of Native Roads by Fran Kosik. This is the final installment in his … Continue reading

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Jake Page Part Two: From Stolen Hopi Gods to Do Cats Hear with Their Paws?

By Jim Turner Part One of Jake’s story followed him through grade school and college, his first professional editing job for Anchor Books, and finally his unexpected career turn working for the Natural History Press. From 1963 to 1970, Jake … Continue reading

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Native Roads Day 7: Farmington to Gallup, the New Chapter

By Jim Turner The seventh day of my Native Roads editing trip was all new ground. John Heider, Rio Nuevo/Treasure Chest sales rep for that area, was the one who recommended that we update Fran Kosik’s terrific book. He also … Continue reading

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Jake Page: No Science . . . or Hobbits!

Jake Page Part 1: Artist and Student by Jim Turner Jake Page is the author of more than forty books, including his recent one from Rio Nuevo Publishers, Uprising, The Pueblo Indians and the First American War for Religious Freedom. … Continue reading

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Rio Nuevo Well-Represented in the Slow Food Movement

Congratulations are in order for Rio Nuevo author Chef Ryan Clark. He was recently named board chair for Slow Food Southern Arizona, a chapter affiliated with Slow Food USA. Clark is the author of Modern Southwest Cooking and the proprietor … Continue reading

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Retracing Native Roads Day 6: Navajo Swap Meet, Narbona Pass, and Beautiful Downtown Farmington

By Jim Turner Cold! Tuesday morning, January 22nd, 2013 was cold in Window Rock, in the low 20s.  I had plotted and planned this trip for months, and knew that this day could be the toughest. I was headed up … Continue reading

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