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What We Still Don’t Know About the MLK Assassination 50 Years Later: Interview with Author Steve Berry

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. We recently spoke with author Steve Berry about his book The Bishop’s Pawn (Minotaur), what happened at the Lorraine Motel 50 years ago, what we don’t know about the investigation and whether or not history has been kind to the man and the movement.   In this latest Cotton Malone novel, we learn that what we think we know about the assassination of civil rights icon, Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 may not be what actually happened.  Could it be we’ve been wrong about James Earl Ray being the lone shooter? Berry takes readers on an exploration of this theory, based on his own research…

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18 New Releases You May Have Missed

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We are always looking for new and exciting reads, art books and under the radar authors to help you diversify your bookshelf. Here, we have 18 new releases you may have missed this month, including new books by some of your favorite bestselling authors like Danielle Steel and Lisa Genova. Drama, literary fiction, mystery, cooking and crime are just a few of the genres covered here. Rather than take our word for it, see for yourself; below you will find a preview for each book and one-click easy ordering via Amazon. These newbies (especially the cookbooks) are great for the upcoming holiday weekend! Every Note Played: A Novel (Gallery/Scout Press), Lisa Genova Duel to the Death: An Ali Reynolds Mystery…

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Jon’s Picks: The 7 Best New Thrillers That March Has To Offer

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The Escape Artist (Grand Central), the latest from perennial New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer, couldn’t be better timed. That’s because in a time ripe for strong women we’re introduced to Nola Brown, who serves as an army artist responsible for making art, essentially, out of death. From that backdrop, and her own apparent death, Nola becomes a force to be reckoned with, a living participant in one of her own creations as she seeks to lay waste to those who have far more nefarious means in mind. The Meltzer tradition of nonstop twists and turns is keenly on display here, but this is much more of an action thriller than the historical speculative tales for which he is…

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10 Great Books and Films to Celebrate MLK Day

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we think back to the man that changed the course of history during the Civil Rights Movement and left an impression that we will never forget. Today we reflect on some of the books and their movie counterparts that have been made possible due to our American history and King’s contributions. These unforgettable novels are must-reads on a day like today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Watch: Eyes on the Prize Read: Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 With the production of the documentary came the publication of the book Eyes on the Prize. Both the film and book highlight key events during the Civil Rights Movement through first person narratives…

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Strength of a Man: Author Steve Berry Talks about the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Later this year, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Bestselling author Steve Berry has a forthcoming book, The Bishop’s Pawn, a historical novel that looks at the assassination of Martin Luther King in a whole new light and begs the question of why the civil rights icon was assassinated.  To commemorate King Day and learn a little more about what Berry has in store for us in his new novel, we spoke with the author whose insight and understanding pointed to the one thing that is important to remember on this day: the strength and endurance of a man. BookTrib: Your novel focuses…

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Joni Mitchell, Tom Hanks, and Gabrielle Union: This Week’s New Releases

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“By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong…” Joni Mitchell inspired more than just other female recording artists – she is still to this day one of the best and most influential songwriters in the world. She contracted polio at the age of nine, which ended her athletic lifestyle, and forced her to turn to academics and literature. Though she didn’t take to formal education, she was inspired to write poetry, which was perhaps the first form her lyrics took. Now a nine-time Grammy winner, she has allowed her musical tastes and genres to evolve, but in our opinion, her 1971 album Blue is still the best. This week, Joni Mitchell’s biography Reckless Daughter has been…

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Write What You Love: A Look Into the Writing of Steve Berry

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Steve Berry calls himself the poster boy for persistence. He refused to give up—although he thought about it a few times. But his persistence resulted in worldwide fame and an annual trip to The New York Times bestseller list. He has written stand-alone thrillers as well as his famous “Cotton Malone” series. Steve Berry was a successful small town lawyer in the 1980s, dealing with the typical array of cases for a litigator—everything from murder and rape to evictions and personal injury—not to mention the everyday stuff like drafting wills and real estate closings. For at least a decade he had a nagging feeling he couldn’t shake. A voice in his head kept telling him he needed to write. This…

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Steve Berry’s ‘The Lost Order’ is another Cotton Malone Hit

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Synopsis: The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure? one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution?linked to the knights,…

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#Thrillerfest16 is Happening Now! Thrillers that Get Our Pulse Racing

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It’s that time of year again: Thrillerfest ’16 is here and in full swing! Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing keeping most of us up at night it’s a scary movie or book. There’s just something about that thrill that really gets our heart racing. So, of course, it only seems fitting that not only do we fall for a great thriller book, but in turn, we fall for the author of that book, too. Most of readers have a preference when it comes to any author in general. There are some people who read more of one author than another, some authors you may just be discovering, and some that you’re just so completely obsessed with, you’re on the edge of your seat until…

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5 (Totally True) Historical Surprises in Steve Berry’s ‘The 14th Colony’

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We love Steve Berry’s novels; they’re like Cracker Jack boxes with a historical surprise inside. Who would have suspected the shocking twists in The King’s Deception (the first transgender royal) or The Columbus Affair (the explorer was looking for a Jewish sanctuary)? What you may not have realized is that 90 percent of what you read about history in a Berry novel is true. (The guy does need a little wiggle room to bring the thrills!) That being said, all of Berry’s ideas are the result of careful research, in person and through in-depth reading. “I read upward of 200 to 300 books before I put the first word on the page,” he says. Berry’s newest thriller, The 14th Colony:…

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Listen: Steve Berry and Raymond Khoury Play Shadow Tag

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Ten years ago FBI agent Sean Reilly and retired Justice Department operative Cotton Malone had separate Templar adventures. Reilly, the popular sleuth from Raymond Khoury, and Malone, the brainchild of Steve Berry, have never had an adventure together—until now. In the e-book Shadow Tag Berry and Khoury have teamed up for a fast, furious and funny novella that brings the pair to England in search of two missing specialists and a plot that involves a couple of oddly familiar writer types. In this entertaining and enlightening podcast, New York Times bestselling authors talk about the art of collaboration, their beloved characters and how it feels to be a character in your own fiction. About Steve Berry STEVE BERRY is the New…

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3 Movies and a Book to Get You Thinking Critically about Columbus Day

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Today is Columbus Day, that special day where, once a year, some people get to take off work and school to celebrate the “discovery” of North and South America by a man from Genoa who had no qualms about torturing indigenous peoples to get what he wanted. If the idea of celebrating Columbus’s landing in the Bahamas disturbs you, you’re not alone —Alaska, South Dakota and Oregon actually don’t recognize Columbus Day anymore. Seattle, Albuquerque, and Portland, Oregon, have even replaced Columbus Day with another holiday: Indigenous People’s Day, which celebrates the people who were living on this continent before Columbus’s landing triggered the imperialism and genocide that elementary school lessons often overlook. It’s such a weird holiday that John…

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Live Interview with Steve Berry, Author of The Patriot Threat, History Matters

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The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.  Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files–the kind that could bring the United States to its knees–Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice…

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Researching The Patriot Threat in Steve Berry’s America

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Maybe the only person who’s better-traveled than Cotton Malone, the hero of Steve Berry’s best-selling series of international thrillers, is Steve Berry himself. The author, whose work for historic preservation has been recognized by everyone from the American Library Association to the Smithsonian Institution, has sent his main character to exotic locales around the world, from Denmark to Austria, from England to China, from Portugal to Viet Nam. Berry’s dedication to history also led him and his wife Elizabeth to create History Matters, an organization devoted to helping communities around the world with local historic preservation. In his novels, including his latest, The Patriot Threat (Minotaur Books, 2015), Berry has sent Malone across the United States in pursuit of assassins,…

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5 Plumes boast their favorite blooms

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According to the calendar, spring has supposedly sprung. Personally, I think that someone needs to have a conversation with Mother Nature because the temperature display on my car’s dash is making me sad. But that is a rant for another day. Today, we appeal to Mother Nature’s literary aesthetic. We called upon some of our favorite authors to share their best blooms in hopes that Mother Nature will hear our call and finally remove the veil of winter. Steve Berry, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Patriot Threat “The Morning Glory. It blooms every day, in the morning, with the fresh sun.  Then, by mid to late-afternoon, it tires, withdraws within itself, and waits for the…

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Steve Berry sends Cotton Malone on his greatest adventure — and it can make you a winner

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In Steve Berry’s new thriller, The Patriot Threat, elite Justice Department agent Cotton Malone faces what might be the most dangerous menace to America he has ever seen. And we’re not going to give away the ending, but the big winner could be YOU! “We all know that two things are certain: death and taxes. Malone is about to discover both of those,” Berry said. “In The Patriot Threat, he gets caught up in an adventure that takes 24 hours, and it involves a constitutional question that can have grave consequences for the United States. “Over 90 percent of our revenues come from income tax,” Berry said. “So if the bills were threatened in any way, the United States would…

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