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Tom Sander

Washington Map Society


101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC   20540

Jan. 10, 2012

Press contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217,
Public contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221,
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The People Behind the Formation of the States’ Borders to Be Discussed

“How the States Got Their Shapes Too” Is Mark Stein’s New Book

    Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do 
with Rhode Island? Why did Augustine Herman take 10 years to complete the map 
that established Delaware? How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state 
of Colorado? All this and more is explained in Mark Stein’s new book.

    “How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines” 
(Smithsonian Press, 2011) is the sequel to Stein’s “How the States Got Their 
Shapes” (2008). But while the first book told us why the states look as they 
do, this book tells us who shaped them. Stein will discuss and sign his new 
work on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the 
sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., 
Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Center for the Book as part of its 
Books & Beyond author series, is free and open to the public; no tickets are 

    The people featured in “How the States Got Their Shapes Too” lived from the 
colonial era right up to the present. Some are famous, such as Thomas 
Jefferson, John Quincy Adams and Daniel Webster; others are not.

    Stein is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been performed 
off-Broadway and at theaters throughout the country. Stein has also taught 
writing and drama at American University and Catholic University. His previous 
book, “How the States Got Their Shapes,” a New York Times best-seller, was the 
basis for The History Channel's documentary of the same name.

    Stein’s book is also the subject of a discussion on Facebook. The Books & 
Beyond Book Club is available at Here readers 
can discuss books, the authors of which have appeared or will appear in this 
series. The site also offers links to webcasts of these events and asks readers 
to talk about what they have seen and heard.

    Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in 
books and reading,” the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress 
( has become a major national force for reading and literacy 
promotion.  A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that 
reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides 
leadership for affiliated state centers for the book (including the District of 
Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and nonprofit reading-promotion partners 
and plays a key role in the Library’s annual National Book Festival. It also 
oversees the Library’s website and administers the Library’s Young 
Readers Center.

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PR 12-009
ISSN 0731-3527

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