Back Channel

Thursday July 10, 2014

Thanks for visiting. I'd like to take a moment and introduce my new novel, Back Channel, a thriller set against the background of the Cuban Missile Crisis....

Posted by Stephen Carter at 09:26pm

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

Monday May 14, 2012

People often ask why on earth I decided to write a thriller about an impeachment trial of our greatest President. The answer is simple.  I thought it would be fun to write, and fun to read. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 05:41pm


Friday May 7, 2010

Sorry to have been away so long.  I was actually finishing another book -- now, happily, about done. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 07:14pm


Thursday July 2, 2009

A reporter asked me about my decision to write, in Jericho's Fall, a novel with a protagonist not a member of what I have called in my other novels "the darker nation."  A couple of reviewers have also commented that my main character, Beck DeForde, is white. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 01:55pm


Friday June 19, 2009

I will be using this blog mainly to recommend books by others – or, occasionally, to criticize them.  And, yes, I am well aware of the marketing principles that advise against this.  But I love books generally, and hope you will buy plenty of them, whether mine or someone else’s. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 05:22pm

The importance of books to democracy

Friday June 19, 2009

Have you ever thought about the importance of books to democracy?  I have in mind not just literacy, or reading, but actual, physical books. I have been giving the matter a lot of thought lately, trying to understand why democracy spread as books spread, not as literacy spread; and why, as books decline, the respect for the opinions of others that lies at the heart of the democratic process also seems to be dying. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 05:20pm