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General Information

Name:  Quinta Scott  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: 1941 in Missouri

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Illinois Connection

I lived in St. Louis, where I was born, until 13 years ago. My husband, an architect, opened an office in Waterloo in 1992. By the time we moved, it was my turn to commute.

Biographical and Professional Information

When I passed my drivers test at the age of sixteen the State of Missouri granted me a license to wander. I have been wandering every since. Add a camera to a car and I knew no bounds. Even though I grew up in St. Louis and lived most of my life in Missouri, all of my books have found their genesis in the Illinois landscape. I am photographer as well as a writer. I provided the photographis essays for my first two books, The Eads Bridge: Photographs by Quinta Scott; Historical Appraisal by Howard S. Miller, and Route 66, the Highway and its People, Photography by Quinta Scott; Text by Susan Croce Kelly. It was the very first book written on Route 66 and generated so much interest that I wrote Along Route 66: The Architecture of America's Highway, 12 years after its publication.

My latest book is the Mississippi, a history of the formation of the river and how we have altered it. I am currently working on a project on the Missouri Ozark, and have published a series of 6 articles about the restoration of the Ozarks since the founding of Missouri Department of Conservation in 1937 in Confluence, a bi-yearly magazine published by Lindenwood University. I am working under the title: So Much to Learn. I have received two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the first for Route 66 and the second for a project I call Elevator, Church, and Mill, about the role of mills and churches in the establishment of Midwestern towns, such as Venedy where the project started.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

St. Louis: Home on the River (Urban Tapestry)
ISBN: 1881096181

Towery Pub. 1995

Book by Viets, Elaine, Scott, Quinta

Newton Stop! (Volume 1)
ISBN: 0615657311

Quinta Scott. 2012

Newton Stop! is a coloring book for adults or children about a great cat, who is not always a good cat. In fact he is a naughty cat, who poops in inappropriate places and rips and chews the daily news. Quinta Scott, his human and the author, loves him dearly and is eager for you to meet him in his very own coloring book for children and cat-loving adults. Newton Stop! is a 16-pound Maine Coon knockoff, who lives with his buddy, Chooka, a silky, black Oriental Shorthair. Both are rescue cats. The illustrations for the book are black and white drawings that started out as photographs, hundreds of photographs pared down to thirty. Scott tells the story with rhythm, rhyme, and repetition, which make it fun to read with your child and an easy read for young readers. You and your child will love reading Newton Stop!, a great book for children, but also for cat-loving grow-ups, who have loved great cats like Newton Stop! P.S. You can color in this book!

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