Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author, was the first national spokesperson for Preservation Week in 2012. Berry started as spokesperson in January 2012 with an appearance at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, where he gave the keynote presentation at the Preservation Week 2012 Kick Off, sponsored by the former ALA division the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). He also commented on his role and the Preservation Week initiative in a YouTube video. Steve Berry continued as Preservation Week spokesperson through 2013.
A devoted student of history, Berry and his wife, Elizabeth, founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of the fragile reminders of our past. Since then, they have traveled the world raising much-needed funds for a wide range of historic preservation projects.
In a November 2011 Wall Street Journal interview, Berry notes, “What are we losing when that [on being told of the rapid loss of our historical record] happens? We’re losing windows to the past, thoughts to the past and ideas to the past, and that really affected me.”
Berry is the author of over ten novels, including The Columbus Affair and The King’s Deception. Berry’s works have been translated into 40 languages with more than 12 million books in print in 51 countries worldwide. Other titles include The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Alexandria Link, and The Venetian Betrayal.
A native of Georgia, Steve Berry graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. You can learn more about Steve Berry and History Matters at steveberry.org.