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Erik Larson, author of the international bestseller Isaac's Storm, was nominated for a National Book Award for The Devil in the White City, which also won an Edgar Award for fact-crime writing. His latest book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, has been acquired for publication in 20 countries and optioned by Tom Hanks for a feature film. Erik is a former features writer for The Wall Street Journal and Time. His magazine stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and other publications.

Larson has taught non-fiction writing at San Francisco State, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the University of Oregon, and has spoken to audiences from coast to coast. He live
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Just finished reading Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, and loved it. I can't describe the plot, because to do so would be to give away too much of the essential character of the book. Suffice it to say, the story is charming. It's a brisk read that'll take just a few hours of your time, yet leave you seeing the world through protagonist Don Tillman's eyes for days afterward.

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"The author of The Devil in the White City takes on history's worst villains with In the Garden of Beasts, his new nonfiction opus about the Nazi ascendance in 1933 Berlin." ...More

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Erik is reading Paris Stories: If you love Paris, or the idea of Paris, these stories are "parfait!" In an introduction, Michael Ondaatje quotes Ms. Gallant as writing, "Like every other form of art, literature is no more and nothing less than a matter of life and death." I like that. And by the way, if you haven't read Ondaatje's "The English Patient," you must.
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“It was so easy to disappear, so easy to deny knowledge, so very easy in the smoke and din to mask that something dark had taken root. This was Chicago, on the eve of the greatest fair in history.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

“I must confess a shameful secret: I love Chicago best in the cold.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

“I was born with the devil in me,' [Holmes] wrote. 'I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.”
Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

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