About Jane Little Botkin

Award-winning author Jane (Janie) Little Botkin served as a public-school teacher for thirty years before turning to historical investigation and writing. As a high school teacher, she supervised the compilation of fifteen volumes of the student publication A History of Dripping Springs and Hays County (1993­–2008), a valuable resource for Texas researchers. In 2008 the Texas state legislature honored her career in education by formal resolution. Botkin continues to contribute to local historic preservation in the Texas Hill Country and New Mexico’s White Mountain Wilderness.

Her book Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family has won two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, the Caroline Bancroft History Prize from the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library, the Best Historical Nonfiction Award from the Texas Association of Authors, and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, High Plains Book Award, and Foreword Reviews. The subject of the book is Botkin’s great-granduncle, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, who was lynched for his words on August 1, 1917.

Jane has just completed a biography of Denver labor organizer Jane Street to be released by the University of Oklahoma Press late 2020 or early 2021. She is currently researching for her third book on Wyoming lawman Hank Boedeker, a friend of Butch Cassidy’s.

Jane is currently writing a fourth book, The Pink Dress, Memoirs of a GuyRex Girl, that delves into the early world of GuyRex, the famous beauty-queen makers, at the same time revealing the author's coming of age among controlling forces outside the pageant world.