History Author Show Interview with Chris Stevenson

Author Chris Stevenson was interviewed on the History Author Show about The Drum of Destiny, this year’s winner of The Grateful American Book Prize.

The book begins in New York City during the American Revolution. Once there, we meet twelve-year-old Gabriel Cooper, an orphaned patriot who sets out to join the Continental Army.

Listen to the interview to learn more about the book and the author.

October 2016 Book Recommendations

John Irving’s, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP; the intricately intersecting lives of an illegitimate son and his feminist mother.

Joan Fontaine’s, NO BED OF ROSES; the actress’s career and a lifelong rivalry with her sister, Olivia de Havilland.

Tennessee Williams’s, THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA; a coterie of lonely-hearts are stuck together in a squalid hotel in Mexico.

Booth Tarkington’s, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS;  the 1919 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel shows the decline of a wealthy family–in part from the introduction of paved roads.

 

October 2016 Book Recommendations

19th Annual Rock Hall FallFest

A Celebration of Family, Community and Oysters!

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
10am – 4pm, Rain or Shine!
FREE

 

19th Annual Rock Hall FallFest

The New Orleans Parade

Fallfest, 2016, will once again bring you the a wonderful mix of music which has made this Rock Hall Festival a toe-tappin, hip swingin’ , up-front-and- personal family festival, on Main Street in Rock Hall.

Two stages, one at each end of Main, will give you choices, and as you stroll, don’t miss the street musicians up and down the street! All the daytime music is FREE!

19th Annual Rock Hall FallFest

Catonsville HS Steel Band

On Main Street

  • 50 Craft booths
  • 2 stages with music all day
  • Food, food, food
  • Kids Kourt in Rock Hall Village for youngsters

 

 

Music Highlights 2016 TBA

Expect:

  • Bluegrass
  • Blues
  • Classic Rock
  • Folk
  • Roots
  • And surprises!

Plenty of FREE PARKING

Smilow® Furniture at the Architecture and Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is back in New York City! The nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject was founded in 2008 and over the years has been held in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Recognizing the strong connection between both design and architecture, the festival creates a unique space for those interested in both to engage, learn, educate, and entertain. This year, the festival has a stellar line up of films, events, and speakers such as an opening night film on Saarinen, Michael Sorkin, Raymond Telles, and Wendy Goodman.

We’re so excited and honored to announce that we’ll be joining the Architecture & Design Film Festival this week in NYC from September 28th through October 2nd to celebrate the creative spirit that is driving and combining both fields today. Where can you find us? We’ll be in the lounge at the event venue—the Cinépolis Chelsea on 260 west 23rd street. Come join us for a drink or a coffee in between films! Take a seat in our living room-like set up, learn more about us, and chat about the films, architecture and design.

Grateful American Book Prize will be awarded to author Chris Stevenson for his Revolutionary War novel The Drum of Destiny

WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 22 – Chris Stevenson, a lawyer from Tippecanoe County, IN, is the winner of the 2016 Grateful American Book Prize for his first novel, The Drum of Destiny, a work of fact-based historical fiction published by Capstone.

“Chris epitomizes the spirit of this award,” Prize co-founder David Bruce Smith said. “His newfound passion for history as an adult made him realize how much he had missed while in school and that is the whole point of the Prize.”

Smith an author and publisher, teamed up with Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities to create the Grateful American Book Prize last year. Their purpose was to encourage authors and publishers to produce more works of historical fiction and non-fiction for young readers– books that engage and leave them wanting to learn more about America’s past. “It’s a way to help them grow up to become responsible and knowledgeable citizens,” noted Smith.

Grateful American Book Prize will be awarded to author Chris Stevenson for his Revolutionary War novel The Drum of DestinyThree additional authors and their books will also be acknowledged at the event with Honorable Grateful American Book Prize will be awarded to author Chris Stevenson for his Revolutionary War novel The Drum of DestinyMention Certificates, Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols for their novel, Freedom’s Price, and Laura Amy Schlitz for her work of historical fiction, The Hired Girl. It is the second year in a row that Ms. MacColl has been recognized for her authorship. She won Honorable Mention in 2015 for The Revelation of Louisa May.

Prize winner Stevenson has a diversity of interests. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and their five boys on a 40 acre working farm complete with goats, sheep, horses, and chickens in the town of Clarks Hill, IN. He has a love of flying his own plane and he is a successful attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Wilson Kehoe Winingham.

As a young learner, Stevenson was bored in history class, but years later on his daily hour and a half commute to and from his office in the city, he got into the habit of listening to audio books about the American Revolution.  He soon developed a passion for the War of Independence that he wanted to pass on to his sons.

He wanted to share his love of that period in American history with his boys and so he began making up bedtime stories about a fictitious 12-year-old orphan by the name of Gabriel Cooper who, ultimately became the inspiration for and the protagonist of The Drum of Destiny.

He says that he drew directly upon the published memoir of John Greenwood who, in 1775, volunteered to fight for his country at the age of 16, to create the character of Gabriel Cooper.  Greenwood’s extraordinary account of his services during the Revolutionary War is contained in a memoir edited and published by his grandson Isaac J. Greenwood, The Revolutionary services of John Greenwood of Boston and New York, 1775-1783.

“My goal in writing The Drum of Destiny was to make history interesting for kids.  I’m so pleased that those associated with the Grateful American Book Prize share this same vision of getting our youth hooked on history.  It is truly an honor to have my first book recognized by such an amazing group of judges.  I love sharing the story of our country’s foundations and the men who fought and led us into freedom.  I want today’s youth to understand what the American Revolution means to them and to know that the freedoms we enjoy must never be taken for granted.  The Grateful American Book Prize is a wonderful way to show the world that history still matters. I’m honored to be this year’s recipient.”

The Prize, which will be presented to Stevenson at a ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress on October 6, comes with a cash award of $13,000 representing the original 13 colonies.  In addition, the winner receives a medal created for the occasion by Mr. Smith’s mother, the noted artist Clarice Smith.

In addition to Cole and Smith, the 2016 Panel of Judges for the Prize includes Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society; Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies & Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College; John Gray, the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; Neme Alperstein, a teacher of Gifted and Talented Students in the New York City Public School system since 1987; Dr. Douglas Bradburn, author, historian and Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon; and John Danielson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Education Management Corporation.

“We’re honored Drum of Destiny is being recognized for its excellence in storytelling by the Grateful American Book Prize.  Author Chris Stevenson has crafted a rich tale of historical detail and adventure.  Readers follow a young protagonist on his journey through war during a pivotal time in American history,” said Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Chief Content Officer.

Grateful American Book Prize will be awarded to author Chris Stevenson for his Revolutionary War novel The Drum of Destiny

Chris Stevenson, a lawyer from Tippecanoe County, IN, is the winner of the 2016 Grateful American Book Prize for his first novel, The Drum of Destiny, a work of fact-based historical fiction published by Capstone.

“Chris epitomizes the spirit of this award,” Prize co-founder David Bruce Smith said. “His newfound passion for history as an adult made him realize how much he had missed while in school and that is the whole point of the Prize.”

Smith, an author and publisher, teamed up with Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities to create the Grateful American Book Prize last year. Their purpose was to encourage authors and publishers to produce more works of historical fiction and non-fiction for young readers– books that engage and leave them wanting to learn more about America’s past. “It’s a way to help them grow up to become responsible and knowledgeable citizens,” noted Smith.

Three additional authors and their books will also be acknowledged at the event with Honorable Mention Certificates, Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols for their novel, Freedom’s Price, and Laura Amy Schlitz for her work of historical fiction, The Hired Girl. It is the second year in a row that Ms. MacColl has been recognized for her authorship. She won Honorable Mention in 2015 for The Revelation of Louisa May.

Prize winner Stevenson has a diversity of interests. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and their five boys on a 40 acre working farm complete with goats, sheep, horses, and chickens in the town of Clarks Hill, IN. He has a love of flying his own plane and he is a successful attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Wilson Kehoe Winingham.

As a young learner, Stevenson was bored in history class, but years later on his daily hour and a half commute to and from his office in the city, he got into the habit of listening to audio books about the American Revolution.  He soon developed a passion for the War of Independence that he wanted to pass on to his sons.

He wanted to share his love of that period in American history with his boys and so he began making up bedtime stories about a fictitious 12-year-old orphan by the name of Gabriel Cooper who, ultimately became the inspiration for and the protagonist of The Drum of Destiny.

He says that he drew directly upon the published memoir of John Greenwood who, in 1775, volunteered to fight for his country at the age of 16, to create the character of Gabriel Cooper.  Greenwood’s extraordinary account of his services during the Revolutionary War is contained in a memoir edited and published by his grandson Isaac J. Greenwood, The Revolutionary services of John Greenwood of Boston and New York, 1775-1783.

“My goal in writing The Drum of Destiny was to make history interesting for kids.  I’m so pleased that those associated with the Grateful American Book Prize share this same vision of getting our youth hooked on history.  It is truly an honor to have my first book recognized by such an amazing group of judges.  I love sharing the story of our country’s foundations and the men who fought and led us into freedom.  I want today’s youth to understand what the American Revolution means to them and to know that the freedoms we enjoy must never be taken for granted.  The Grateful American Book Prize is a wonderful way to show the world that history still matters. I’m honored to be this year’s recipient.”

The Prize, which will be presented to Stevenson at a ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress on October 6, comes with a cash award of $13,000 representing the original 13 colonies.  In addition, the winner receives a medal created for the occasion by Mr. Smith’s mother, the noted artist Clarice Smith.

In addition to Cole and Smith, the 2016 Panel of Judges for the Prize includes Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO, New-York Historical Society; Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies & Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College; John Gray, the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; Neme Alperstein, a teacher of Gifted and Talented Students in the New York City Public School system since 1987; Dr. Douglas Bradburn, author, historian and Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon; and John Danielson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Education Management Corporation.

“We’re honored Drum of Destiny is being recognized for its excellence in storytelling by the Grateful American Book Prize.  Author Chris Stevenson has crafted a rich tale of historical detail and adventure.  Readers follow a young protagonist on his journey through war during a pivotal time in American history,” said Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Chief Content Officer.

Grateful American Book Prize will be awarded to author Chris Stevenson for his Revolutionary War novel The Drum of Destiny

Available on DVD & CD: German TV 1981 Musikladen

Available for the very first time on DVD and CD, the television appearance of the TUBES on the stage of German TV studio in 1981. We will be selling the DVD & CD at our EU shows while supplies last. Official release is scheduled for this month in EU and October in the US.

Click for details and to order online: DVD, CD.