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Kathryn Canavan was a first-time author at 65. She has spoken about the unintended consequences of the Lincoln assassination on C-Span, PBS Newsworks and the Lincoln Book Shop of Chicago's national broadcast. 

She has addressed the Lincoln Group of Washington, D.C., the Surratt Society and visitors at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. 

It is natural that she write about the Lincoln assassination, the most consequential crime in American history, because Canavan started her journalism career as a crime reporter.

She eventually worked as reporter or editor in four states, but left the full-time newsroom to serve as a caregiver for her terminally ill parents.

Her freelance writing has been published in USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Prevention magazine. She was named a National Health Journalism Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism in 2011. Her fellowship project, “No Child Allowed Outside,” chronicled the health effects of gun violence on young children.

To get a story, Canavan has reported at gunpoint, lived with the Moonies, negotiated with a killer, joined Tug McGraw in the Phillies dugout and spent weeks in archives.

But, since 2011, she has researching the ordinary people caught up in the one of the most extraordinary events in American history. She began researching the unintended consequences of the Lincoln assassination in 2009. 

She is a former dinosaur docent at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and former long-time volunteer with Cub Pack 506, the nation’s first Cub Scout pack exclusively for boys living in shelters or on the streets.

Kathryn Canavan
13 York Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
Phone:  302-656-3272
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Arts Services: Lectures / Public Speaking, Master Classes, Readings
Audience Served: 9th to 12th Grade, Adult
Availability: Delaware (all 3 counties), Regional (throughout Mid-Atlantic region), Year-round
Performance/Exhibit Venues: Community sites (e.g., libraries, senior centers, religious facilities), Festivals, Outdoor stages, Theater/auditorium
Performance/Exhibit Requirements: It helps to have a PowerPoint screen setup to show historic photographs

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