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Book Signing and Reading

Alison Bailey will be reading and signing her book at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA, on Sunday, March 24th at 4:00 P.M.
Alison will also be reading and signing her novel in connection with a Western Art Show at Tirage Art Gallery in Pasadena, CA, on Saturday April 27th from 3-5 PM

Book Signing and Reading

Friday, December 7th, 2012 5:00 P.M. Alison Bailey will be reading and signing copies of XP at Tecolote Book Shop in Montecito, CA

On the Radio

Tuesday September 18th, 2012

Alison Bailey will be on The Library Radio Show discussing her new novel. "XP Wanted! Young, Skinny Wiry Fellows Orphans Preferred"

KCSB 91.9 FM 8:00 - 8:30 AM

Listen live at


“XP" Great American Myth Exposed

Alison Bailey
P.O. Box 490 Carpinteria, CA 93014

The legend of the Pony Express is revealed by Alison Bailey in her novel XP with all its romance, heartache and glory.

How long did the Pony Express last? How dangerous was it? Did they really ride for 24 hours straight? Why did it end? Who were the riders? How did they live? Whom did they love? What was their impact on the Native Americans? Did the enterprise influence the outcome of the Civil War? What can we learn from these mythical heroes that will enrich our lives today? Answers to these questions can be found as Alison Bailey follows one rider, the orphan James Donovan, across the Nevada Great Basin in 1861. The advertisement read: WANTED! YOUNG SKINNY WIRY FELLOWS. ORPHANS PREFERRED. WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. Flying across the vast American wilderness on half-tamed mustangs, James encountered every imaginable adventure, including twenty-something Mark Twain, Paiute Indian warriors and rumors of civil war.

“the sheer beauty of your writing and perceptions, the connection of human consciousness to the land and animals brought tears to my eyes.” B. Sargeant.

Alison Bailey was born in Reno, Nevada. She studied poetry with James McMichael at the University of California, Irvine while working with horses on the Irvine Ranch. In Northern Arizona she taught school, often-observing Native American ceremonies on nearby reservations. At a rollicking pace, Bailey takes the reader back to adolescent America to meet unforgettable characters, some enchanting, some evil, all courageous.



“...there is much to celebrate about this work...poignant...bittersweet...fascinating...haunting...worth reading." Roy Vallis, Ph.D., Santa Barbara News Press

“...a sweeping epic about 19th century American settlers, Native Americans, and the struggles of a young man straddling both worlds...Bailey excels at summoning the American frontier in all its scale, danger, and majesty, emphasizing the sheer space of the countryside." Publishers Weekly Select

“A spirited, bumpy ride...readers will enjoy the wide scope and numerous characters...dastardly villains and a beautiful love interest who longs for life beyond the confines of 19th century...(Bailey's) prose is fluid...a rollicking pace...historical fiction fans will find something to love." Kirkus Reviews