Who to Contact About American Character

If you any comments or questions about my biography of Charles Lummis or this website, feel free to email me at mark@charleslummis.com, or you can reach me through the address below. For a first-edition, hardcover copy of American Character (signed by me, if you wish), pay by PayPal (inquire for account information), or send a check for $17.95 and your shipping address to:

Mark Thompson
221 W. Upsal Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119

The price includes book-rate shipment by U.S. Postal Service to addresses in North America. For expedited shipment within the U.S. by priority mail, pay $25. Inquire about overseas sales or volume discounts for bookstores.

American Character is also available on Amazon, through the links at right, as are the two culinary histories I have published. One of them, Vintage California Cuisine, has a Lummis connection. A chapter in the book tells the story of, and includes several dozen recipes from, the cookbook Lummis helped assemble and publish in 1903, the Landmark Clubs Cook Book. A fundraiser for one of Lummis’s many causes, restoring neglected Spanish missions, it is regarded as one of the first English language cookbooks to chronicle the emergence of a distinctive American cuisine in the Southwest, infused with chiles and other flavors of Mexico and Spanish America.

I am not immersed in Southwestern history full-time. Though I return for frequent visits to Los Angeles, where I lived for many years, I now live in Philadelphia, where I am associate editor at Current History magazine. For more about me and my work, you are welcome to visit my portfolio site.