Steve’s latest project arrived just in time for the presidential election’s final phase. Serving as the editor, Steve worked with his Washington Post colleagues Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan to tell the definitive story of the Trump impeachment. Backed by fresh reporting and dozens of in-depth interviews, Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath illuminates the aims and motivations of the principal figures. The Kirkus reviewer said it “sets the standard for political storytelling with impeccable research and lively writing.”
The Association of American Publishers announced its list of competing finalists for its 2020 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) awards, honoring nonfiction works in the Humanities, Sciences and Social Science. Separate was chosen in the category of Outstanding Work By a Trade Publisher (which means a general publisher, not an academic press).
For readers who prefer a paperback over hardcover or e-reading, your wait will soon be over. Separate, named a New York Times Notable Book for 2019, appears in a new paperback edition on Feb. 4. Pre-ordering available at online sellers.
In selecting Separate for the newspaper’s annual list of the year’s notable books, the Times editors praised the book as “full of surprises, absurdities and ironies” in tracing “the doctrine of segregation before and after the Civil War, culminating in the notorious 1896 Supreme Court decision.”
Amazon’s editors picked 20 books in the History category. Earlier in the year, in choosing Separate as a Best Book of the Month, Amazon’s Chris Schluep called it “a masterful book” with a “fascinating cast of characters. . . I ended up devouring it.”
Steve’s visits encompass book festivals and bookstores, libraries and historical societies. Still remaining in October and November: Talks in New England (Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut), Tennessee, Louisiana, Michigan, California, Kentucky and Florida. Click here to see the full schedule, with venues and dates. More events planned for 2020.
Before a packed hall of more than 1,000, Steve and two other authors of new books, historian/PBS filmmaker Henry Louis Gates and U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel of South Carolina, talked about America’s history of racial injustice and its repercussions today, moderated by NPR’s Eric Deggans. “Race is our national conversation,” Steve told the crowd. “We’re either talking about it, or we’re avoiding talking about it.” Click here to watch, via C-SPAN’s Book TV.
The Cundill History Prize, an international award that “recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English,” chose Separate as one of 14 books for its 2019 longlist. The shortlist of eight will be named Sept. 19, followed by three finalists on Oct. 16. The winner of the $75,000 award will be announced at a gala dinner in Montreal on Nov. 14. The longlist can be seen here.
At an evening session featuring a conversation with historian/filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. and U.S. Judge Richard Gergel of South Carolina, Steve will discuss Separate as part of the National Book Festival’s focus on “Understanding Our World.” Gates’s latest book is Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow. Gergel’s new book is Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring.
For an early preview of the Festival lineup, click here.
On April 20 at 4 p.m., C-Span’s popular weekend series will feature Steve and Helen Thorpe, discussing their new books and the art of nonfiction writing. The Columbia Journalism School’s Abi Wright moderated the April 6 session, which was sponsored by the J. Anthony Lukas Prize for excellence in nonfiction. Steve and Helen are Lukas honorees. Click here for details.