A Book Discussion, “For Spacious Skies” with Author Nancy Churnin
The story of Katharine Lee Bates, a pioneering woman and composer of the verses in “America the Beautiful“
Watch the STORYTime Interview
About the Book
Written by Nancy Churnin
Illustrated by Olga Baumert
Katharine Lee Bates first wrote the lines to “America the Beautiful” after a stirring visit to Pikes Peak in 1893. But the story behind the song begins with Katharine herself, who pushed beyond conventional expectations of women to become an acclaimed writer, scholar, suffragist, and reformer. Katharine believed in the power of words to make a difference, and in “America the Beautiful,” her vision of the nation as a great family, united from sea to shining sea, continues to uplift and inspire us all.
Learn more about Nancy Churnin’s books here.
About the Author: Nancy Churnin
Nancy Churnin is an American author and journalist. Nancy is a former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News. She has published eight children’s books as of March 2021 and has two more expected by the end of 2021.
Churnin was born and raised in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.
Churnin worked as a theater critic for the San Diego edition of the Los Angeles Times from 1986 to 1992. In 2000, she joined the staff of The Dallas Morning News, writing about such topics as health, lifestyles, children’s entertainment, and parenting. In January 2014, Churnin became the primary theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, a position she left in January 2019.
About the Special Guest: Denise Lee
Denise Lee, is an award-winning Dallas based actress/singer who has performed in all genres of entertainment for the past four decades.
She is the founder and Executive Producer of the Denise Lee Onstage Cabaret Series and the Dallas Cabaret Festival which is entering it 6th year. Lee has recently added ‘playwright’ to her list of accomplishments. Her first play ‘Funny, You Don’t Act Like A Negro’ had it’s World Premiere right here at the Historic Theatre Three in February 2020.
In addition to her career as an Artist, Denise Lee established ‘Community Conversation’ through her Visions For Change initiative. For five years, these monthly gatherings have brought people together for respectful, open, honest dialogue in order to heal racial and community tension. For these efforts, she has received several awards including the 2019 Cathedral of Hope’s Hero of Hope Award.