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Blowing the Horn: This Is MAJOR

With Scott Green, Colonial Williamsburg's "Benedict Arnold." Photo courtesy of Steve Sheinkin. Back in June 2011, well before I was making a living as a writer, I got an email from Deirdre Langeland, my editor for The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which had come out the previous fall. The subject line...

The Writer's Page: Walking in Their Footsteps: An Impossible Escape Research Trip

Early on the morning of August 1, 2022, I joined a group of hikers at the gates of what was once the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and we set off on a six-day, 140-kilometer trek across southern Poland. Within a couple of hours, it became clear that I was in for...

Rule Breakers: The Styrofoam Tray Incident

From the May/June 2020 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules. Find more in the "Rule Breakers" series here....

Undefeated: Steve Sheinkin's 2017 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

I always wanted to write a sports story, but it had to be the right one. That is, I wanted a story with edge-of-your-seat action, where you’re rooting so hard you shout at the page. But the story also had to be about something bigger, something more significant than the...

Most Dangerous: Author Steve Sheinkin's 2016 BGHB NF Award Speech

First of all, I totally agree with what people have said tonight about how incredibly nice and supportive this community of writers is. At a recent book event, I got to sit next to the great cartoonist Roz Chast, and I wanted to say something, get some kind of conversation...

The Port Chicago 50: Author Steve Sheinkin's 2014 BGHB NF Award Speech

A few years ago I was researching a book on the making of the atomic bomb, and my brother-in-law Eric, who loves wacky conspiracy theories, as I do, hit me with a great one.“You know when the first atomic bomb was tested, right?” he asked.“Sure,” I said, falling into his...

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2011 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, author Steve Sheinkin delivered this speech on September 30, 2011.I’m extremely honored to accept this award, but there’s another reason this book is incredibly important to me. Writing it saved me from a twelve-year obsession. I’ll give you the abridged version.I...

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