My newest book is about a little-known
historical event, one that seems too
weird to be true - but it's true, alright.
In 1876 a gang of counterfeiters came
up with a plan to steal Abraham
Lincoln's body (he'd been dead over ten
years). The plan was to break into
Lincoln's tomb, steal his remains, and
hold the body hostage, demanding in
exchange for the corpse the release
from prison of one of their gang
members, plus $200,000 in cash! It's a
wild true-crime thriller, and what's
really crazy is just how close the plan
came to working.
And after this...? I'm finishing up one book right now, and starting
on a new one. I'll report back. The great thing about this job is that I'm
always stumbling onto stories I'd never heard, people I knew nothing
about. So I'm constantly filling notebooks with bits and pieces of what
I hope will be book projects.
Want to share a story idea, or just talk history? Write to me here.
Meanwhile, it's always nice to work on projects that don't take a year
and a half to finish. With that in mind, I do the occasional blog entry
and online comic. Here are links to some recent stuff:
An entry about why I love writing history books, on the great blog
Interesting Nonfiction for Kids
A two-page comic in Moment Magazine, all about a book that
changed my life
An entry on the MacKids blog, about Benedict Arnold, naturally
And a MacKids entry on the dangers of school visits
Another one on Interesting Nonfiction for Kids
An online Rabbi Harvey comic in which Harvey chats with the great
novelist Gary Shteyngart
Another Harvey comic. Here he travels to Mexico City to chat with
the fascinating Ilan Stavans.
LINCOLN'S GRAVE ROBBERS
For more on my new book: