About the author

Award-winning author ​Jane (Janie) Little Botkin is a retired teacher turned historical investigator and author.  After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in English, Jane taught high school students for thirty years and supervised fifteen volumes of the student-publication A History of Dripping Springs and Hays County (1993-2008), a valuable historical resource for Texas researchers.  In 2008 the Texas State Legislature honored her career in education by formal resolution.  In post-retirement, Jane has continued to write about and participate in local historic preservation, dividing her time between communities in the Texas Hill Country and New Mexico’s White Mountain Wilderness.  Frank Little and the IWW : The Blood That Stained an American Family is her first nonfiction book.  The subject of the book is Botkin’s great-granduncle, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, who was lynched for his words on August 1, 1917.  Jane is currently working on her second book, Jane Street: Denver's Housemaid Rebellion and the Capitol Hill Ladies.

2017-2018 Book Readings, Signings,
and other Events

NEW EVENT! July 28, 2018, Las Colinas, (DFW), TX. Awards Dinner, Texas Authors Marketing Event Gala.  More info to come soon.

NEW EVENT! June 22, 2018, 7:00 P. M. Billings, MT. Spur Awards Dinner.  Doubletree Hotel, 27 N. 27th St., Billings, MT.

April 7, 2018, 6:30 P.M. Oklahoma City, OK.  Oklahoma Book Awards Dinner, Book Signing.  Skirvin Hilton Hotel,  Contact 405.522.3383,

March 10, 2018, 4:00 P. M., Tucson, AZ. Tucson Festival of Books, Panel Discussion and Book Signing, Special Collections Room (Grid), University of Arizona Campus,

January 10, 2018, 12:00 P. M., Book Reading and Presentation at the Wimberley Village Library, 400 FM2325, Wimberley, TX.  Contact Sarah Davis at 512.847.2188.  

October 7-8, 2017  Dallas, TX.  Lone Star Book Festival, Main Street Gardens in downtown Dallas, Main St., DEAR Texas, Inc., Contact 512.554.9560,,,

September 29, 2017, 2:30 P. M., Missoula, MT.  Panel Discussion on historical research, Fact & Fiction Bookstore, 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT.. Contact Montana Book Festival, c/o Arts Missoula, 327 E. Broadway, Missoula, Montana 59802,,

September 28, 2017, 6:30 PM, Helena, MT.  Book presentation and Signing, Montana Historical Society, 225 North Roberts,  Helena, MT.  Contact 406-444-2694,  NEW!  Watch this presentation at

September 21, 2017, 6:00 P. M., Dripping Springs, TX.  Book Talk, Reading, and Signing, Dripping Springs Community Library, Contact Marcia Atilano 512.858.7825,,

August 1, 2017, 7:00 P. M., Butte MT, Music Memorial of Frank Little,  Carpenters' Union Hall, Butte, MT, 156 West Granite, Butte, MT. Mark Ross Performing, Books available for Signing. Free and Open to the Public. Hosted by the SW Central Montana Labor Council  

August 1, 2017, 10:00 A. M.  Butte, MT.  Graveside Memorial at Mountain View Cemetery, followed by a wreath-laying at the site of Frank Little's murder, and a picnic. Contact Charles Copeland, Branch Delegate, Missoula IWW, 406.529.6404,

July 31, 2017  7:00 P. M., Butte, MT.  Book reading and signing, William A. Clark Chateau,  Butte Labor History Center/Butte-Silver Bow Archives/Clark Chateau. Contact Kim Kohn 406.782.3280,,  

July 8, 2017  TBA  Bisbee, AZ.  Book reading and Signing, Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, 5 Copper Queen Plaza. Contact Carrie Gustavson 520.432.7071,

To listen to a July 12, 2017 NPR recording that used small parts of my presentation, click

June 24, 1017  3:00-4:30, Alice, CO.  Book reading and signing, ​Old Alice Schoolhouse, Alice Historical Society, Contact Jacquie Zegan, 303.519.0555,,

May 18, 2017, 7:00 P. M., Dripping Springs, TX City Hall, Thirsty Thursday. Author Spotlight with Reading, All Welcome, Free and/or Bring an item for the Food Pantry

May 4, 2017  7:00 P. M. (CT) DEAR TEXAS RADIO, Interview, DEAR Texas, Inc.  To listen to the recording, click

Keep checking back!  More to come.

Frank Little and the IWW :
The Blood That Stained an
American Family