Keith Skinner

About me

Keith Skinner writes memoir, fiction, essays, and travel narrative. His travel pieces have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Travelers’ Tales anthologies. He is currently at work on his first novel, a story set in nineteenth century Mendocino County coast where a lumber boom brings together three young lives.

From my website

Baseball in Gold Rush California

An author asks himself, "What if a transplanted Easterner taught loggers in 1850s California how to play baseball? Would that be an anachronism?" As it turns out, no. Thanks to Alexander Cartwright, the game of base-ball, a refined form of the older game town ball, spread across the American prairie…

Evolution of a First Novel: Finding the Story

The idea for a historical novel set in 19th century Mendocino County first came to me in the small town of Albion, California. I was spending a weekend in an old converted water tower and reading about William Richardson's first lumber mill in Albion. Three years later, after extensive research…

American Scriveners of the Sea: Dana and Melville

August 1 is a banner day for great American sea novels as we celebrate the birthdays of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. and Herman Melville. Both men provided important source information for the nautical aspects of The Relentless Harvest. Melville for his bold American, turn-of-the-century voice and Dana for his remarkable…

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