20 crop       Jack Kelly is the author of five critically acclaimed novels. His latest book is Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal. Author Kevin Baker called the book ” the fantastic story of a fantastic undertaking . . . Stranger than fiction but just as entertaining.”  “. . . fascinating, shocking, and filled with surprises,” said Lauren Belfer.

Kelly is also the author of Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence, which historian John Ferling called “a sprightly and illuminating history of the Revolutionary War.” Critics praised his history, Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics as “evocative, brilliantly succinct and excruciatingly powerful.”

A journalist, novelist, and historian, Jack has contributed to American Heritage, American Legacy, Invention & Technology, and other national periodicals, and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Nonfiction Literature. He has appeared on The History Channel, been interviewed on National Public Radio, and conducted book signings across the country. He is a winner of the D.A.R. History Medal.

He spent his childhood in a town in the canal corridor adjacent to Palmyra, Joseph Smith’s home and passed summer afternoons watching barges negotiate the locks. He now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.



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