Doug Smith was recognized as a 2013 Montaigne Medal finalist for his first novel, Same Same. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced several great writers, including William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Eric Hoffer. The first prize is awarded to the most thought-provoking titles each year that either illuminate progress or redirect thought.

It is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.

Smith’s first novel traces a long time friendship between dueling political columnists – one black the other white – as they track down the killer of a beloved colleague while producing weekly commentaries during Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency.

Books can be purchased online at or

For autographed copies contact the author.