Stephen Harrigan

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Stephen Harrigan is this week’s guest. He will be talking with us about his new historical novel, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln (Alfred Knopf, 2016).

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The Gates of the AlamoharriganSTEPHEN HARRIGAN is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, which include the New York Times best seller, The Gates of the Alamo, and Remember Ben Clayton.

His books have received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize, The Western Heritage Award, The Spur Award, and The Jesse H. Jones Award, among others.

Harrigan is the recipient of the Texas Book Festival’s Texas Writers Award and the Lon Tinkle Award for lifetime achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. He has also been inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

Remembering Ben ClaytonAs a screenwriter, Harrigan has written many movies for television, including HBO’s award-winning The Last of His Tribe and King of Texas  for TNT.

His most recent television production was The Hallmark Channel’s The Colt, for which his screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and the Humanitas Prize. The screenplay, Young Caesar, which he co-wrote with William Broyles, Jr., is currently in development with Exclusive Media.

A 1971 graduate of the University of Texas, Harrigan lives in Austin, where he is a faculty fellow at UT’s James A. Michener Center for Writers and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly.

 Harrigan’s articles and essays have appeared in other publications, including Life, National GeographicThe Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast TravelerSlate and Audubon. He was a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Awards for his commentary on film and television for Texas Monthly.

His latest book is A Friend of Mr. Lincoln (Knopf, 2016).  

A Friend of Mr. LincolnA novel of real rewards. Not least among them is Harrigan’s ability to vividly and economically evoke his vanished world.        NY Times 

[A] brisk narrative filled with adventure, romance, sex and political high jinks. . . . [Harrigan] brings us closer than ever to the  human Abraham Lincoln.        Wall Street Journal

[A] rumbling, rambunctious novel, full of its own raw life.       Washington Post 

Meticulously researched, gorgeously rendered, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln is a powerful historical novel of friendship, love and ambition.        Huffington Post

Imaginative—though largely faithful to the historical record.        Chicago Tribune

[An] emotionally rich and exquisitely poignant work of historical fiction.       USA Today