A story a day in the month of May: a retrospective of some of my non-newspaper work timed to coincide with my first major sale of a fiction piece, which was published in May 1985. Every day this May 2018, I am publishing an excerpt or an entirety of a work produced away from the day job from 1985 through this year, roughly in chronological order, and with background as appropriate: short stories, books, screenplays, treatments and films. Some were previously published, others not. So some days, you get to look into the trunk.
Thirty-three years ago, #33Stories. A bit contrived, yes. A bit interesting, hopefully. Of course, May has 31 days. I will publish no. 32 on June 1, and no. 33 on June 12, a day of particular significance to me. READ! Go to the unfolding table of contents for #33Stories.
||SCREEN and RADIO TIME!
Now in development at Amazon, a TV series based on my inside look at the toy industry, TOY WARS: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie and the Companies That Make Them. Read the Deadline Hollywood announcement. SEASONS ONE AND TWO A SUCCESS! RENEWED FOR SEASON THREE: Story in the Public Square PBS TV and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a weekly show. Broadcasting from our custom-designed and built set in the studios of our flagship station, Rhode Island PBS, in Providence, Rhode Island, we bring exciting storytelling guests from many media to broadcast TV, the Web and SiriusXM Radio.
||PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM|
In 2011, I wrote THE WAR ON TERROR: Coming Home, a Providence Journal series, my 16th, on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documentary from the series, COMING HOME, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and was nominated for a New England Emmy.
Another public-service initiative in which I played a key role is The Journal's 2012 examination of the ailing Rhode Island economy in the Reninvent Rhode Island series. In February 2013, we published a 12-day commemorative series marking the 10th anniversary of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100; The Journal was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for its coverage of the tragedy.
In 2013, we published #eWave: The Digital Revolution, a continuing series about the impact of technology on our lives. Our 2014 contribution was Middle Class Squeeze, another year-long look at the economy through the prism of personal stories and an election year.
Our 2015 effort was Race in Rhode Island, an
in-depth exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our time. Started in 2014 and continuing into 2017: Mental Health in Rhode Island.
STORY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE
I am visiting fellow and director and co-founder of the Story in the Public Square initiative at Salve Regina University's Pell Center in Newport, R.I. This year-round program to study, celebrate and practice storytelling in American politics and culture was established in 2012 and formally launched with a day-long conference on April 12, 2013, featuring former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart and
two-time Pulitzer winner Dana Priest, of The Washington Post. The second-annual Story Day, on April 11, 2014, was also
a great success. Our theme was Moving Images, featuring Pell Prize winner and keynote speaker Danny Strong, the Emmy-winning actor, producer and screenwriter of The Butler, Recount, Game Change and the Mockingjay Hunger Games finale. In June 2015,
we honored best-selling author Lisa Genova with the third annual Pell Center Prize
for Story in the Public Square. Our fourth annual winner was Pulitzer- and World Press Photo-winning war photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, who received his award in Newport on June 21, 2016. Our fith winner was Oscar-nominated and peabody-winning documentary filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki, who received her award in Newport on June 5, 2017, and appeared on Story in the Public Square TV and Radio the weekend of June 24, 2017.
I write and produce feature-length documentaries, including ON THE LAKE: Life and Love in a Distant Place, about the tuberculosis epidemic of 1900s America and globally today, nominated for a New England Emmy and broadcast nationally on PBS, and BEHIND THE HEDGEROW: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society, about today's old-money Newport, a world whose roots lie in the Gilded Age of Vanderbilts and Astors, also aired on PBS. The third documentary
I wrote and co-produced is COMING HOME, based on my Fall 2011 Journal series. It premiered online Dec. 29, 2011, and was broadcast on Rhode Island PBS March 26, 2012, and later dates.
Coming Home won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and was nominated for a New England Emmy.
In the short-documentary category, I shoot, edit and produce a variety of films, on such major topics as Alzheimer's disease and neuroscience research, and less-significant (but nonetheless entertaining!) things as jelly fish meet autos, antique cars, and 'Proof of Heaven,' shot at some 30,000 feet. Not really proof of heaven... or is it?! All are on
my YouTube channel.
On February 13, 2016, Story in the Public Square launched a national PBS and overseas television program that is a monthly feature of the long-running show White House Chronicle. In the debut show, Pell Center head Jim Ludes and I, cohosts, discussed the stories and storytellers who will be interviewed,
starting with bestselling author August Cole the weekend of March 5, 2016, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times staff writer Dan Barry the weekend of March 26, 2016. Links to subsequent broadcasts, including Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, Brown University professor of Africana studies and hip-hop author Tricia Rose, Javier Manzano, and Raina Kelley, of ESPN's The Undefeated, can be found here. This was the precursor to the 2017 Story in the Public Square PBS TV and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, soon to enter its second season.
NOW IN PRINT: My 16th book, 9th non-fiction...
CAR CRAZY: The Battle for Supremacy Between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age, my next book, set in the early days of the auto industry, from Perseus/PublicAffairs, which published MEN AND SPEED, my book on Nascar. Read a CAR CRAZY excerpt or some of the early reviews. And Follow CAR CRAZY on Twitter and Facebook
In my work, I have been privileged to receive access to significant people who are not always -- if ever -- accessible to all. Only a percentage of information they have shared with me makes it into my books and movies, so in the interests of open scholarship, I have donated hundreds of my original and exclusive taped interviews to historical organizations that will preserve them for others. My NASCAR collection is housed at Appalachian State University's Belk Library in Boone, North Carolina. My Newport Society collection is at The Redwood Library & Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island. My medical pioneers collection is at
The Center for the History of Medicine, at the Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine in Boston. And in 2013, I donated some of my remaining archival material, including materials from my book
KING OF HEARTS, my Frank Beazley series, The Growing Season and my documentary ON THE LAKE to the University of Rhode Island Library Special Collections and Archives department.
DROWNED: A Different Kind of Zombie Tale, sequel to the Thunder Rise trilogy, from Cross Road Press, publisher of my mystery, horror, sci-fi and other fiction. Published on August 17, 2015, week of NecronomiCon Providence.
HUMAN HANDS NOW DIGITAL AND AUDIO
The Los Angeles Times called THE WORK OF HUMAN HANDS: Hardy Hendren and Surgical Wonder at Children's Hospital "A song of suffering and redemption that is harrowing to read and impossible to forget." Updated to autumn 2012, with all-new introduction, epilogue and photos, from Crossroad Press.
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TOY WARS, THE E-EDITION
TOY WARS: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies That Make Them is also now digital.
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The second edition of Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think. Details here.
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