Save the Date! Nick Kotz at DCJCC Literary Festival


Nick Kotz
author of
The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas
will speak at the
Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
Friday, October 24, 2014
Presentation:  12:00-12:45 pm
    Q&A: 2:45-1:00 pm
              Book signing: 1:00-1:30 pm
(Bring a bag lunch!)
Washington DC JCC
1529 16th Street NW

Nick KotzFormer Washington Post reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of six path breaking books with subjects ranging from labor unions to civil rights and national defense to ancestral narrative, Nick Kotz will talk about American Family Histories: Lost, Forgotten and Found. Find out how he uncovered secrets in his family’s past and why there has never been a better time to research your own roots.

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Books Q&A with Deborah Kalb

The Harness MKalb imageaker’s Dream is the history of the “American Century” told through the experiences of one family—the Kallisons of San Antonio, Texas. Nick Kotz shares insights on his book and research process with Deborah Kalb, journalist, freelance writer, and co-author (with Marvin Kalb) of Haunting Legacy. 


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Nick Kotz at 2014 National Book Festival August 30, 2014 Book Discussion on The Harness Maker’s Dream Nick Kotz talked about his book, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas. Nick Kotz spoke in the History and Biography Pavilion of the 14th annual National Book Festival, which was held August 30,2014, by the Library of Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas


By Nick Kotz

In the late 1800s, Nathan Kallison escaped oppression in Ukraine and found refuge in Texas, where he became one of the top cowboys around.

In the dark of night, Nathan Kallison embraced his widowed mother and, for the last time, slipped away from his village in Czarist Russia. At seventeen, he was heading out alone—first by foot, then oxcart, and finally on a train over 1,300 miles of hostile land—to board a ship in the German port of Bremen. That journey, begun in 1890, would take him over an ocean and halfway across another continent to a future he never could have imagined.

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14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival

Nick Kotz Book FestivalSaturday, Aug 30 – Join author and historian Nick Kotz at the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Presentation: 12:45 – 1:30.

Book signing: 2:00 – 3:00.

NAR Event: Jewish Immigrants in America – Nick Kotz Moderator

MAY 14, 2014  Jewish Immigrants in America.  Nick Kotz moderates a panel with Sanford Ungar and Steve Roberts:

Panelists discuss the lessons they learned from studying the lives of their Jewish ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. They described their research and spoke about how contemporary immigrant experiences differ from those of their family members. This event was hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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