Saturday, December 5, 2009

Random book news

The first book Sam Savitt illustrated, Gordon Wright's 1966 Learning To Ride, Hunt and Show, has been reissued by Skyhorse Publishing. I once came across an utterly filthy copy of this book in a public library - by filthy, I mean the lovely cover had layers of grime as thick as the layers
of paint on a Monet. When even librarians seem indifferent to basic care of books, reissues are a boon.

Simon & Schuster is publishing a biography of Wild Horse Annie, the protagonist of Marguerite Henry's Mustang, Wild Spirit Of The West, in March. David Cruise and Alison Griffiths' Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston will be published on March 16, 2010. With the eternal debate over the management of the wild equines currently erupting yet again with a proposed plan to relocate as many as 25,000 horses to the Midwest, this should be an interesting release.

Susan Richards, author of Chosen By A Horse, has written another memoir involving her horses, Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free. This time, Richards focuses on her Morgan mare, Georgia. It will be available on May 5, 2010, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

International Society for the Protection of Horses and Burros
TIME Magazine article on Wild Horse Annie
U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management - Horses and Burros
Find A Grave - Velma Johnston
AP story - US Plan For Wild Horse Round-up Faces Opposition (12/08/2009)

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