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Opening Session: Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa
Alabama AB Ballroom


Keynote Speaker: Steve Berry


Steve BerrySteve Berry is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author. In addition to his forthcoming book, The Lost Order (being released April 4, 2017), his other work includes The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.


Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.


History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers workshops. To date, over 3,000 students have attended those workshops.


In 2012 and 2013 Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve it’s spokesperson for National Preservation Week. Among his other honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets & Writers; the 2013 Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the Silver Bullet, bestowed in 2013 by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work. He currently serves as an advisory board member for the Smithsonian Libraries.


After speaking at the Opening Session, Mr. Berry will be signing his books at the Books-A-Million table in the Alabama AB Ballroom. You can bring your personal copies or purchase them

If you have any questions, please contact Speakers Sub-Committee Chair, La Shannon Hollinger.
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