November 13, 2013 Award-Winning Historian David O. Stewart To Discuss First Novel "The Lincoln Deception," Dec. 4

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David O. Stewart, known for his award-winning nonfiction works on Aaron Burr, President Andrew Johnson and the Constitution, will discuss his first novel, “The Lincoln Deception,” on Dec. 4 at the Library of Congress.

Blending real and fictional characters, “The Lincoln Deception” is a gripping historical mystery exploring the endless fascination with Lincoln’s assassination and the conspiracy behind it.

Stewart will speak at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division, the event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

“The Lincoln Deception” is set in 1900, decades after Lincoln’s assassination and the trials of John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. But was Booth actually the mastermind or was there some greater plot with inordinate significance for America’s future? Stewart’s research has uncovered intriguing aspects of the assassination puzzle, and he sets his fictional characters Speed Cook, an African American ex-ballplayer, and Jamie Fraser, a white doctor in small-town Ohio, off on an adventure to solve the mystery. The thriller takes this unlikely buddy pair from Ohio to Washington to Baltimore to New York City, bringing them in contact with aging Surratts, an acting company’s seductive lead actress and murderous thugs, as well as prominent Wall Street traders having lunch at Delmonico’s. Just who is helping and who is hindering their inquiries?

After practicing law for many years, Stewart began to write history, conducting extensive research at the Library of Congress. His first book, “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution,” was a Washington Post bestseller and won the Washington Writing Award as Best Book of 2007. “Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy” and “American Emperor, Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America” followed in 2010 and 2011 to equal acclaim. Stewart was awarded the prestigious Cincinnati History Prize by the Society of the Cincinnati in 2013. Publishers Weekly called “The Lincoln Deception” (August, 2013) an “impressive debut novel.” Stewart also is founder and president of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an online book review.

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