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General Information

Name:  June Sawyers  

Pen Name: June Skinner Sawyers

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Glasgow, Scotland

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Illinois Connection

Sawyers lives in Chicago and is an adjunct lecturer in the humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born June Sawers, June Skinner Sawyers is an editor, author and lecturer of Celtic Music, popular and regional histories and culture. She has written or edited more than twenty books and has also written an ebook, ''Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics of Bruce Springsteen, Now and Then Reader''.

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Titles At Your Library

Chicago Portraits: Biographies of 250 Famous Chicagoans
ISBN: 0829407014

Wild Onion Books. 1991

Provides sketches of prominent figures associated with the city of Chicago, including Nelson Algren and Sherwood Anderson.

The Chicagoart's Guide
ISBN: 1556521626

Chicago Review Pr. 1993

Book by Sawyers, June Skinner, Telingator, Sue

Famous Firsts of Scottish-Americans
ISBN: 1565541227

Pelican Publishing. 1997

The only such collection for ages 10-14, it includes inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, musicians from Bill Monroe to David Byrne, environmentalists Rachel Carson and John Muir, Presidents James Monroe and Woodrow Wilson, and many others

Chicago Sketches: Urban Tales, Stories, and Legends from Chicago History
ISBN: 0829408193

Loyola Pr. 1996

A dozen maps and 49 black-and-white photos accompany this collection of 72 essays on Chicago history. These essays offer a wide-ranging glimpse of the people and events that have shaped Chicago's rich past.

Maverick Guide to Scotland (Maverick Guide Series)
ISBN: 1565542274

Pelican Publishing. 1999

Informative and accessible, Maverick Guide to Scotland offers a trove of descriptions, knowledge, and insider's information that would otherwise take years of travel and experience to obtain. Every village, city, and site is depicted as seen through the eyes of an experienced traveler, as are many of the wild and beautiful stretches that lie between.

Alongside practical knowledge and advice are the intangible histories with which every stone of Scotland seems filled. This Maverick guide enhances a journey through modern Scotland by revealing bits of its past, which is ripe with figures of poets and kings. It details the timeless features of the country that have driven people to its shores-the ruined castles and highland cliffs-but is tuned to the timely attractions as well. Today, the thriving art and theaters of Glasgow and Edinburgh and the recent renewal of interest in Celtic language, music, and culture are just as noteworthy.

Organized by geographic region, each chapter includes a section on the transportation, culture, nightlife, tours, accommodations, and attractions of the vicinity, along with a list of addresses and numbers. In addition to the major sites, the Maverick guides have always had an eye for the unusual and overlooked, the hidden and unassuming corners that only a seasoned traveler would find.

Whether visitors are interested in golfing the famous courses of St. Andrews, walking the battlefields of Sir William Wallace at Stirling, or visiting Glamis Castle, the haunting setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth, Maverick Guide to Scotland is a useful tool for enhancing their travels.

Quiet Moments With Patrick and the Celtic Saints: 120 Daily Readings
ISBN: 1569551375

Servant Pubns. 1999

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The Complete Guide to Celtic Music: From the Highland Bagpipe to Riverdance and U2
ISBN: 1559725001

Carol Pub Group. 2000

Celtic music is more popular than ever, and this guide to music from the Scotland and Ireland explains why, covering everything from the traditional reels and jigs celebrated in the popular Riverdance production to the pop sounds of Van Morrison, U2, Sinead O'Connor, Hothouse Flowers, and many others.

Celtic Music: A Complete Guide
ISBN: 0306810077

Da Capo Press. 2001

Celtic music means many things to many people. To some it recalls the Irish rebel songs of the Clancy Brothers, to others the ensemble playing of the Chieftains or Enya's ethereal vocals. Yet Celtic music is much more than reels, jigs, and sentimental ballads. It is also unaccompanied singing, feverish fiddle tunes, the sweet strains of the Irish uileann pipes. It comes not just from Ireland and Scotland but from Wales, Brittany, the Isle of Man, and Cornwall. It informs the musical roots of Van Morrison and U2, the performances of Riverdance, and the scores for such films as Braveheart and Titanic.Celtic Music explores all aspects of this music—from its roots to the exciting developments on the contemporary scene. Sawyers profiles hundreds of artists, and compiles suggestions for recommended listening as well as the one hundred essential Celtic recordings. Lists of Celtic festivals and publications are also included, together with record outlets, record labels, and music schools, making this book essential for all lovers of the music.

Praying with Celtic Saints, Prophets, Martyrs, and Poets
ISBN: 1580510949

Sheed & Ward. 2001

The ancient Celtic tradition has taken the modern world by storm. Over the past decade seekers have collected all things Celtic_books, art, music, toys, clothing. But how much of it is authentic or lasting? In this highly distinctive book, June Sawyers has culled from a diverse pool of sources to offer readers a weekly dose of Celtic wisdom and witness. Beyond the famous trio of Patrick, Brigid, and Brendan, contemporary seekers will find kindred souls in famous and not-so-famous saints, prophets, martyrs, and poets who make up the fabric of the Celtic tradition. This book features short entries describing the lives, temptations, insights, and struggles of Celtic saints but also Celtic prophets, martyrs, and poets. Arranged weekly by either feast day, birth date, date of death, or alphabetically, each selection is preceded by a quotation from or about the saint, prophet, martyr, or poet and concludes with a thought to ponder. When appropriate, each entry is accompanied by a descriptive listing of significant sacred sites, museums, or other important landmarks. From Patrick and Columba to Seamus Heaney and William Butler Yeats, this is a timeless and timely, practical and wise book. Use it as your spiritual guide throughout the year.

The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing
ISBN: 1897784953

Neil Wilson Pub Ltd. 2001

Scotland is one of the most well-recorded countries in term of travel writing. The Romans were the first to record their impressions of the bleak and formidable frontier they had to confront and attempt to tame, but it is only over the last 300 years that a catalogue of published material has been created which allows the reader to discover the country as it once was. This volume presents a selection of these writings, from authors including Thomas Pennant, Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, R.L. Stevenson, Edwin Muir, Virginia Woolf, Sir Alastair Dunnett, Gavin Maxwell, T.S. Eliot, Muriel Spark, Paul Theroux and Margaret Fay Shaw. Presented on a regional basis, the compendium takes readers on a "virtual journey" through Scotland, revealing its differing aspects as observed by these writers.

Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader
ISBN: 0142003549

Penguin Books. 2004

For more than three decades, Bruce Springsteen’s ability to express in words and music the deepest hopes, fears, loves, and sorrows of average Americans has made him a hero to his millions of devoted fans. Racing in the Street is the first comprehensive collection of writings about Springsteen, featuring the most insightful, revealing, famous, and infamous articles, interviews, reviews, and other writings. This nostalgic journey through the career of a rock-’n’-roll legend chronicles every album and each stage of Springsteen’s career. It’s all here—Dave Marsh’s Rolling Stone review of Springsteen’s ten sold-out Bottom Line shows in 1975 in New York City, Jay Cocks’s and Maureen Orth’s dueling Time and Newsweek cover stories, George Will’s gross misinterpretation of Springsteen’s message on his Born in the USA tour, and Will Percy’s 1999 interview for Double Take, plus much, much more.

The Best in Rock Fiction
ISBN: 0634080288

Hal Leonard. 2004

(Book). Rock has dominated radio, TV, movies, and even the Internet in our media-savvy lives, but its impact on the literary world has often been overlooked. This collection features today's finest writers, including Sherman Alexie, Madison Smartt Bell, T.C. Boyle, Don DeLillo, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Rick Moody, Tom Perrotta, Salman Rushdie, and Scott Spencer, as well as such up-and-coming writers as Tom Piazza and even musicians such as Steve Earle who have turned their talent for lyric writing to spinning a well-told yarn. In these short stories and excerpts from novels, the reader will recognize such familiar rock icons as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues" follows the rowdy adventures of an all Native American rock band from the reservation to New York City. In "Ground Beneath Her Feet," Salman Rushdie offers a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth in a rock-and-roll setting. Scott Spencer's "Rich Man's Table" focuses on the illegitimate offspring of a Dylan-like singer and a former Greenwich Village hippie. At times raucous, at times poignant, the stories in this collection celebrate in their own way the timeless spirit that is the heart of rock and roll.

Dreams of Elsewhere: Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson
ISBN: 1903238692

Interlink Publishing Group. 2005

Best known for his fiction, Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson was also an essayist, journalist, poet and travel writer. This compilation draws together a selection of his travel writings, shadowing his life as his ailing health took him around the world to Samoa, the place of his death.

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Book, The
ISBN: 1589802918

Pelican Publishing. 2005

This comprehensive guidebook includes detailed information on food, transportation, tourist boards, and attractions. Evoking the warmth and hospitality of each Scottish host, it offers vivid descriptions of over seventy-five establishments, from opulent houses and cathedral hotels to romantic cottages and historic inns.

Tougher Than The Rest
ISBN: 0825634709

Omnibus Press. 2006

Simply put, Bruce Springsteen is the storyteller of our generation. Tougher Than the Rest discusses the best of Springsteen’s vast body of work, from Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ to Devils & Dust.

Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter
ISBN: 0143037323

Penguin Books. 2006

A must-have volume for all Beatles fans-a career-spanning selection of writings about the Fab Four

There are, of course, many books on the Beatles, but this is the only one available that is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of journalism about the legendary band, before and after the breakup. Consisting of more than fifty articles, essays, interviews, record and movie reviews, poems, and book excerpts-many of them rare and hard to find-Read the Beatles is an unprecedented compilation that follows the arc of the Fab Four's iconic and idiosyncratic career, from their early days in Liverpool through their tragic and triumphant histories after the group's split.

The book also includes original essays from noted musicians and journalists about the Beatles' lasting influence and why they still matter today.

The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow
ISBN: 1892145588

Little Bookroom. 2008

Named the top shopping destination in the United Kingdom outside of London, “Glasgow is a must-see destination…a mandatory stop on everyone’s European travel itinerary” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and Edinburgh has long been considered one of the most hospitable cities in Europe. This book has eleven walks–seven in Edinburgh and four in Glasgow–taking shoppers to the most charming and unique stores in both cities, which are less than an hour away from each other by train.

The shops included offer cashmere, hats, shoes, books, handcrafted soaps and natural botanicals inspired by Scotland (Treasure Island is a heady mix of musk, lemon, and cinnamon inspired by the Robert Louise Stevenson classic), single malt whiskies, purses, the best of British home design, and jewelry using Scottish gemstones. There are shops that specialize in traditional foods (farmhouse cheeses, toffee, shortbread, and lemon curd). There’s a “glorious mess of an antique shop,” a “kilt maker for the 21st century” who uses fabrics that range from denim to leather and whose customers include Sean Connery, and many more establishments, both new and historic.

Old businesses aren’t included simply for being old, but for continuing to offer goods of beauty and quality new businesses are chosen because they operate in an old-fashioned way, with an emphasis on service and craftsmanship. Some are elegant and refined, some offer on quirky twists on classic themes, but each is stylish and without pretense. One shop owner says her boutique attracts the “discerning and determinedly different.”

The guide also includes restaurants, pubs, and cafés along the walks, and has an entire section devoted to the stunning tearooms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Edinburgh farmer’s market.

Sumptuous color photos throughout give a sneak preview of the shops and their offerings, and the address, phone number, opening days and hours, and website of each establishment are included for extra convenience.

Bob Dylan: New York (MusicPlace)
ISBN: 0984316590

Roaring Forties Press. 2011

Packed with information, savvy insights, and surprising facts, this guide to Dylan’s years in New York City examines the role that the city played in the creation of his music, the evolution of his creative process, and the continual reinvention of his public persona.

In the landscape of Manhattan, Dylan created words and sounds that redefined the possibilities of popular music throughout the world. Chronicling where he lived, worked, and played, this book offers an evocative portrait of the city, especially its folk scene during the 1960s. With street maps featuring more than 50 sites—from fleabag hotels and avant-garde clubs to tiny coffeehouses and vast concert halls—readers can navigate Bob Dylan’s New York and experience the sites and sounds that influenced the singer, such as Café Wha? the Chelsea Hotel Columbia’s Studio A, where he recorded songs such as “Desolation Row” and “Positively 4th Street ” the Decker Building, where he hung out with Andy Warhol and Nico the Delmonico Hotel, where he introduced the Beatles to marijuana and the Bitter End, where he spent much of the summer of 1975 playing pool and guitar.

Bruce Springsteen: Halfway to Heaven & Just a Mile Out of Hell
ISBN: 1435111877

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Great coffee table-type book about Bruce Springsteen.

Chicago Portraits: New Edition (Chicago Lives)
ISBN: 0810126494

Northwestern University Press. 2012

The famous, the infamous, and the unjustly forgotten—all receive their due in this biographical dictionary of the people who have made Chicago one of the world’s great cities. Here are the life stories—provided in short, entertaining capsules—of Chicago’s cultural giants as well as the industrialists, architects, and politicians who literally gave shape to the city. Jane Addams, Al Capone, Willie Dixon, Harriet Monroe, Louis Sullivan, Bill Veeck, Harold Washington, and new additions Saul Bellow, Harry Caray, Del Close, Ann Landers, Walter Payton, Koko Taylor, and Studs Terkel—Chicago Portraits tells you why their names are inseparable from the city they called home.

Bearing the People Away: The Portable Highland Clearances Companion
ISBN: 1927492599

Nimbus Publishing. 2013

Part reference guide, part handbook, part travel guide and part resource in one portable volume, Bearing the People Away uses an encyclopedia format geared toward the general reader. The entries vary in length from brief sentences to several paragraphs. They include major Clearance sites, major and minor figures associated with the Clearances, Clearance-related sites outwith Scotland (significant parts of the Scottish Diaspora as Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand), places and historical events with Clearance and or Highland connections, and recordings, websites and relevant museums and organizations identified with the Highland Clearances. June Skinner Sawyers is a Scots-born writer who is based in Chicago, USA. She has written or edited more than twenty books, many with a Scottish theme, including popular and regional histories.



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