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An Evening with Steve Berry (Kinda)

As I mentioned a few days back, best-selling thriller author Steve Berry was in town as part of some Thurber House events.  I didn’t get to hang out at the reception nor was I able to attend the writing workshop but I was able to hear him speak on Friday (hence the kinda in the title).

Steve_Berry_webBerry, the author of most recently The Lincoln Myth, is a best-selling author of dozens of thrillers including the Cotton Malone series.  He is also a big supporter of historic preservation.  Berry and his wife created a foundation, History Matters, to support this passion and since 2009 have been traveling the country raising money to help the cause.

Friday’s event was also a result of this passion. Berry was part of the Evenings with Authors series with Thurber House last year and wanted to come back and help Thurber in their preservation efforts.  So they put together a reception, author event and writing workshop with all proceeds going to fund the Thurber House.

As part of this preservation focus on Friday Doreen Uhas-Sauer, from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, gave a small talk on her background in history and preservation and its connection to James Thurber.

Berry then took the stage (he paced the stage rather than stand behind the podium) and discussed his latest book. Rather than offer a reading he discussed the historical hook and background which is the engine of his latest Cotton Malone thriller.

The Lincoln MythIt involves Abraham Lincoln, Mormons, and the issue of secession.  As a lawyer and a history buff, let a lone an author of historical thrillers, it was clearly a subject Berry found fascinating.  Equally clearly, he loves to dive into subjects and find ways to twist history just enough to create an entertaining story.

Not having read any of his books I can’t tell you how well he succeeds but judging by his book sales and the fans in attendance on Friday, quite well.

After offering some background and teasing the book he then opened it up for questions.  He talked about the writing process, what he reads for pleasure (thrillers but not much because of the lack of time and the blurbs he writes for fellow authors), Abraham Lincoln, potential TV and movie deals, and whatever else the audience was interested in.

I asked about the brouhaha over Amazon recently and he responded that it was just a supplier and distributor arguing over pricing (one side wanted a bigger cut of profits while the other was unwilling to give up more).  He was confident that it would be resolved but that the same scenario would play itself out as other publisher contracts come up for renewal. He noted that it was the author and the readers that end up bearing the brunt of the pain.

He was very relaxed and naturally engaging; clearly comfortable on stage and taking questions. Not surprising as he has been doing this all across the country for years.

It was an interesting way to get a sense of an author’s style, personality and interests.  I am sure for the die-hard fans who have read all of his books it was even more fun.

If you are in the Central Ohio area, or Ohio more generally, I encourage you to connect with the Thurber House.  They bring in a variety of authors and writers for events and workshops in addition to managing the Thurber House itself.

As luck would have it we are just entering the Literary Picnics season.  Check out the offerings this summer:

Wednesday, June 11: Scott McKenzieThe Man Behind the Nose: Larry Bozo Harmon
Wednesday, June 25: David Giffels, The Hard Way on Purpose
Wednesday, July 9: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery
Wednesday, July 23: Claire McMillan, Gilded Age
Wednesday, August 6: Tony Mendoza, A Cuban Summer

And if you are a fan of historical thrillers and haven’t checked out Steve Berry get crackin’ …

Thurber House has announced the Winter/Spring 2014 Evenings with Authors events:

Wednesday, January 29: Isabel AllendeRipper
Thursday, February 27: Claire MessudThe Woman Upstairs
Monday, March 10: J.A. JanceMoving Target: A Novel
Monday, March 31: Carl HoffmanSavage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
Wednesday, April 9: Bruce WeberLife is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America
Tuesday, May 6: Lynn CullenMrs. Poe: A Novel

Evenings with Authors are held at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, and begin at 7:30 p.m. The featured guest reads from his or her most recent work and chats about writing; this is followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Each event closes with an informal coffee and cookies reception and an opportunity to buy the author’s book(s) and get them signed.


Thurber House Evenings with Authors: Laurie R. King October 14

Central Ohio folks:

Thurber House Evenings with Authors

Laurie R. King

Monday, October 14

Columbus Museum of Art

7:30 p.m.

Details here.

Thurber House’s Evenings with authors Fall Season is wrapping up.  But next week’s event features bestselling mystery author Laurie R. King:

Laurie R. King, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mystery series, turns to the vibrant and sensual world of Paris during the Jazz Age in The Bones of Paris, a brilliant and evocative stand-alone novel. It is September 1929, and Harris Stuyvesant, former agent with the U.S. Bureau of Investigation turned private investigator, is getting paid to wander the streets of Paris, scouring bars and cafes in search of a missing twenty-two year old girl from Boston. Her family became alarmed when all communication from Philippa stopped and so they hired Stuyvesant to track her down. He follows her trail, finding that she is known to many, from Hemingway to Man Ray to Shakespeare & Company’s Sylvia Beach. Then the evidence leads him to the Théătre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre where Stuyvesant realizes that he will have to descend into the darkest depths of madness, sifting through the bones of Paris, to find a killer of monstrous depravity.

Laurie R. King is the author of thirteen Russell/Holmes novels, as well as the acclaimed stand-alone thrillers, A Dark Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in northern California.

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