Authors Speak Series Presents Steve Sheinkin of ‘Bomb’

Steve Sheinkin

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Steve Sheinkin’s history books are not merely accurately recounted history, they are riveting true tales that read like thrillers.

His book for adolescent readers, “Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” was awarded a Newbery Honor, won the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Sheinkin will be in Los Alamos for an Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m. in the Library Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. At 5:30 p.m., teens are invited to join Sheinkin for a pizza party before his book talk.

Sheinkin, who has never visited Los Alamos, said he is excited to see the site where the atomic bomb was developed first hand. He will spend the day talking about his book with middle school and high school students.

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community. In Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing.  

One brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site in Los Alamos, N.M. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb and of the town where it was built.

His visit is made possible with support from the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. Book sales at the event are courtesy of the Historical Society Museum and Book Store.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, history and culture, poetry, and others.

The series is funded by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The talks are free and are followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. Some authors may participate with book sales and signings.

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