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Moderating Two Panels for Writers in NYC

Steven will be moderating two panels for the American Society of Journalists and Author's annual conference on April 24, 2014 in New York.

One focuses on the present and future of ebooks and digital publishing for authors. The panelists include digital publishing pioneers such as Jason Allen Ashlock (Frontier Press), Matthew Cavnar (Vook), Scott Waxman (Diversion Books) and journalist/author Matthew Shaer (The Sinking of the Bounty). Read more about the panel and the panelists here.

The other session--entitled "Path to Publish: The Story of My Book"--is a one-on-one interview with award-winning author and screenwriter Ralph Pezzullo, the bestselling author of Jawbreaker, Inside SEAL Team Six (with Don Mann) and a series of SEAL Team Six thrillers (also with Don Mann).  Learn more about the interview and Pezzullo here.

 
 

The Gunman and His Mother Hits Bestseller List

Steven's new book, The Gunman and His Mother: Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Oswald, and the Making of an Assassin, hit the top 5 Kindle Single nonfiction bestseller list in November. Selected and released as an Amazon Kindle Single on November 8, The Gunman and His Mother delves into the emotionally disturbed background of Oswald and his troubled relationship with his mother to help explain how he became the desperate, delusional man that ended up in Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

You can read more about the book here, including a sample excerpt, links to online and radio interviews, an adapted excerpt published online at The New Republic, and other media.

 
 

In The New Yorker: "Turn On, Tune In: Remote Control"

Steven's piece published online in The New Yorker looks at the history of the remote control--from Nikola Tesla in 1898 to the Flashmatic in 1955 to the future. You can read about the remote control here.

 
 

In The New Yorker: Rube Goldberg and His Mad Machines

Steven's piece on cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg was published  online by The New Yorker on July 19 in a section called "Object of Interest."  You can read about Rube Goldberg machines and the mad inventor himself here

 
 

International State of the State

Steven is looking forward to moderating a conversation focused on global competitiveness and leadership at the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relation's annual International State of the State conference. You can learn mroe about the October 15 event  here.

 
 

American Exceptionalism, Twisted and Turned

Steven penned the lead essay for the Arizona Republic's Sunday Viewpoints section on March 18, 2012. You can read this piece on American exceptionalism here. The piece also ran in USA Today online.  You can read it here.

 
 

Featured on NBC Pittsburgh's "Our Region's Business"

Steven joined TV host Bill Flangan from the Allegheny Conference to talk about Adrift: Charting Our Course Back to a Great Nation -- the book's main themes and why Pittsburgh was featured in the book. You can check it out HERE.

 

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Live on Fox Business: "Has the U.S. Lost Its Mojo?"

Steven joined host Gerri Willis on Fox Business' "The Willis Report" on August 12 to talk about Adrift: Charting Our Course Back to a Great Nation. You can check it out HERE

 
 

Live on MSNBC: "Is the U.S. on the Wrong Track?"

Steven was invited to appear on MSNBC's Martin Bashir Show on August 11, guest-hosted by Jonathan Capeheart, to discuss his new book, Adrift: Charting Our Course Back to a Great Nation. You can check out the interview and segment HERE.

 
 

A Pitch that Worked

Steven was the focus of a Mediabistro feature, Pitches that Worked. It dissected one of his magazine pitches for American Way, detailed his explanation of the writing process, and asked editor Chris Wessling to explain why he got the assignment. Here's the opening:  

This writer's clear vision, unique story premise, and smart research helped him break into this in-flight mag

August 31, 2010

 

A good writer can recognize a glint of a story in almost any situation. When this freelance writer discovered an unusual character in passing, he pursued the nugget to a full-fledged narrative pitch. Here, the writer and editor chronicle how a casual convo between friends led to a 2,000-word feature in American Way's July 15, 2009, issue -- not to mention an ASJA award and repeat gigs with the pub.

Steven Beschloss: I'm always looking for unexpected profile subjects -- especially stories with strong twists and turns where people changed their lives to follow their passion...

 The rest of this can be found here in Mediabistro's paid content section.

 

 
 

A Feather for the Cap

Steven received in April a 2010 writing award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for his profile, "Man With a Mallet." Written for the in-flight American Way, the magazine profile is one of two to be selected for an honorable mention.

Honoring "outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis," the ASJA  presented the awards during its annual writers conference in New York City on April 23. "The publishing world may be changing, but we all still recognize and honor the first-rate writing and honest, accurate reporting exemplified in these awards," said Salley Shannon, ASJA president.

 
 

New World of Glass and Light

"By Design," published by Private Clubs Magazine, is just out. The piece  highlights three expanded art museums, drawing on museum directors and high-profile architects.  You can read it online here.

 
 

Marimekko, Moscow and Moving Images

Four Seasons Magazine recently published Steven's feature on Marimekko, the iconic Finnish fashion design firm, and its new CEO who survived a life-threatening brain tumor. Check out the full piece, entitled Marimekko: The Expression of Joy.  Coming soon are features for several magazines profiling influential creative leaders in Moscow and a video piece that Steven is writing, directing and producing for a high-end brand.

 

 
 

Urban Ambition

Once again, Las Vegas is rolling the dice. At a cost of $8.5 billion, CityCenter is billed as the largest privately funded real estate development in U.S. history, a virtual city within a city.  Built by MGM Mirage and just opened, this 18 million-square-foot complex of high-end hotels and shops and condos is aiming to reboot Las Vegas and give people a new reason to come. How did it all happen -- and will it be the kick Vegas needs to overcome its recessionary nightmare? Steven's just-published feature for M Magazine explores all this, based on an interview with MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren, the man who gave birth to the idea.

 
 

Book Talk

Look closely at the picture to the left. Two men are trying to extract any salable scrap from the decaying hull of this old Soviet sub in Murmansk, Russia. Not exactly a vision of a high-tech future, but maybe not so far from the Mad Max reality that awaits an America currently enveloped by violent partisanship, anti-government fervor, declining school standards, and a refusal to make sacrifices for the common good. It's alarming. But is it alarming enough to shake people from their complacency and reawaken a sense of urgency? The book that  Steven is co-authoring describes this drift -- and the risks of inaction.

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