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Cardinal Men and Scarlet Women: A Colorful Etymology of Words That Discriminate, by Jan Keessen, Illustrated by Bill Hannan. ISBN-13: 978-0-87462-022-1 & ISBN-10: 0-87462-022-8. Paper. 200 pp. $25. Index.

Words tell stories, but there are also stories in the words.

JanJan Keessen earned her PhD in English at the University of Chicago where she was the Norman Maclean Scholar. Currently she is Professor of English at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she has also narrated word histories for WVIK, 90.3 FM, Augustana College’s arm of National Public Radio.



BillBill Hannan’s career as an artist started when he was in High School and sold his first commercial work. He has spent 34 years as a teacher of art at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL. Also pursuing a parallel career as a free-lance artist. He is an award winning calligrapher, bookbinder, illustrator, maker of Christmas cards and designer. Currently, he is retired from teaching full time and is following his dream of being a teller of stories in pictures.


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