3. Sneak Peek at Chapter 1 of "The Blue Sky Rebellion"

Many of you have known me as a local politician or an attorney. Others may know me through my first book "Citizen Cohn: Memoir of Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn" which was published in October 2016. After the shock of the 2016 election, I spent the better part of the last two years writing and rewriting a novel. Although I have written many legal and political advocacy pieces over the years, fiction has proven to be my voice of choice in this new era of "fake news" and "alternative facts".

Stay tuned for the publication in November of “The Blue Sky Rebellion”, the political thriller that everyone who cares about the future of our country and our planet must read before the 2020 presidential election.

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2. Putting 2016 in the Rearview Mirror.

I can’t put 2016 in the rearview mirror fast enough. There were some positive highlights to be sure, especially in October when Sir Paul McCartney christened the sparkling new Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento and I published my first book However, between my brain tumor and this year’s Presidential Election, this was the worst year in my memory. Will 2017 be any better? I certainly hope so. On a personal level, as I recover from successful brain surgery, my weakened right side continues to regain mobility and strength; it just hasn’t caught up with my left side yet. But on the world stage, with the Manchurian candidate Donald Trump in office, all bets are off.

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1. Why I started writing.

Facing surgery to remove a brain tumor in February 2016, I started writing my family history from my grandfather’s daring escape from the Russian Army in Ukraine during World War I to my childhood growing up in mid-century Missouri memoir. After surviving the surgery, I kept writing, chronicling the rest of my life’s story, including my adult life in Sacramento, where I raised a family and began a long career as an attorney for the nation’s most progressive electric utility and a civic leader for “America’s Most Livable City.”

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