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Electric Canvas, publishing under the imprint of 19th Century Books, has won several awards for its publications. The Hornor's recently received a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publishers Association for The Golden Highway. And, the company  was honored by the Sacramento County Historical Society with an “Annual Publications Award” for their “very engaging and enriching publications for the greater community of Sacramento.” The Golden Corridor received recognition for “excellence” by the Independent Publishers in 2006.

Electric Canvas began operating in New York City in 1983 by Sacramento native, Ric Hornor. The company has operated continuously since, moving to the Sacramento California area in 1989. 

We're members of:

The Sacramento Historical Society

The Folsom Historical Society

The California Historical Society

Gold Discovery Park Association

Contact Electric Canvas at:

Electric Canvas
1001 Art Road
Pilot Hill, CA 95664 


Ric & Jody Hornor... authors, or not? In the case of The "Golden History Books" we say not.

We simply researched primary source documents (granted we spend hundreds of hours doing so) and present the history as it was written in the 19th century. The introduction and photo captions are all we really lay claim to.

We began this series of books after an auto accident that wouldn't allow us to continue in our existing businesses. When a friend loaned us an 1883 history book we knew we'd found a new direction.

With backgrounds in art and marketing we knew we had the ability to bring a fresh approach to the area's rich past. Our goal -- to create history books that are fun and engaging so more people will read, appreciate, and protect the area's history and culture.

We'll continue to build The Golden History Book series over the next couple of years. There's simply too much exciting information that most people have never read to stop now.

Ric Hornor is a Sacramento native and graduate of CSUS. He went on to complete his Masters of Fine Art (MFA) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

As a fine artist, Ric has many corporate collectors of his work  including: MCI International, ADP, Trammel Crow, Sprint, Kaiser Permanente, RCA Global Communications, and the Sarnoff Research Center, just to mention a few.

Ric's keen interest in new media led him to found NYC/SIGGRAPH in 1984, now the worlds largest computer graphics interest group.

He also taught new media at two highly prestigious universities: Pratt Institute, and the Center for Media Arts. You may see the result of his teaching in many movie and TV show special effects as some of his students have gone on to become the top special effects people in the industry.

Ric has received numerous honors and awards for his work.                                      


Jody Hornor is the researcher and primary compiler of material for The Golden History Book series. Drawing on her 35 years experience in marketing, she's created a series of award-winning history books that are both fun and very educational.

With her new business focus centered around history, she developed the Folsom History Museum's annual California History Bee.

Prior to an auto accident that forced a change in her business direction, Jody the authored 5 books on marketing including the best seller, Power Marketing for Small Business.

As a consultant, Jody has worked with hundreds of different clients over her 35+ year career. From start-ups to companies preparing for an IPO, to small local retailers, she's helped them develop and implement strategic marketing programs that enabled them to meet and exceed their goals.

As a professional speaker & author, Jody has educated thousands of people on the latest marketing techniques. From retailers to non-profits, manufacturers to nursing products, she's worked with many different industries.

Her books and other educational products have been endorsed by the US Chamber of Commerce as well as many other organizations.

Jody hosted a radio talk show in Sacramento and had a regular segment on a TV business show as well.                                         

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