Sharon Kay Penman was Steve’s second favorite historical fiction writer (after James Michener). Her detailed writer’s note at the end of each book is the reason he includes them in each of his novels. Their friendship started in 2003. After her death on January 22, 2021, The New York Times asked Steve for a statement to include in her obituary, which you can read here.
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the Smithsonian Libraries hosted Steve and Elizabeth in a Zoom webinar, “Secret Smithsonian Nooks & Crannies: Uncovering The Lost Order with Steve Berry.” They talked about some of the secret spots at the Smithsonian the public never sees. They also discussed how Steve wove the Castle, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the rich history of this storied institution into The Lost Order. To watch the show, click here.
At the ceremony re-opening the Anuradhapura Archaeology museum in Sri Lanka, United States Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz quoted Steve as once saying, with regard to historical preservation, “a concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies of all things that quite make us who we are.” The museum renovation was jointly funded by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and the Sri Lanka Central Cultural Fund of the Ministry of Housing, Construction, and Cultural Affairs.
Read more about the ceremony and the ambassador’s speech here.
Steve is constantly asked, “Are there any plans to bring Cotton Malone to the big screen?” Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer. Waterman Entertainment and Riven Rock Projects announced today they have acquired the Cotton Malone series and are developing it as a potential TV series.
Where it will go we don’t know, but we’re one step closer to seeing him come alive on the screen. Click here to read the announcement.