About Louis Bayard

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In the words of the New York Times, Louis Bayard "reinvigorates historical fiction," rendering the past "as if he'd witnessed it firsthand."

Louis' affinity for bygone eras can be felt in both his recent young-adult novel, the highly praised Lucky Strikes, and in his string of critically acclaimed adult historical novels, which include Roosevelt's BeastThe School of NightThe Black TowerThe Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy.

New York Times Notable author, he has been nominated for both the Edgar® and Dagger awards, and his story, “Banana Triangle Six,” was chosen for The Best American Mystery Stories 2018. He is also a nationally recognized essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Salon. His other novels include Fool's Errand and Endangered Species (Alyson). An instructor at George Washington University, he is on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and was the author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times.



Praise for Louis Bayard

"Louis Bayard is a writer of remarkable gifts: for language, for imagination, for that mysterious admixture of audacity and craftsmanship that signals a major talent in the making."
   —Joyce Carol Oates

"I can't wait to see what Bayard does next."
   —Laura Lippman

"Louis Bayard is at the forefront of literary historical fiction."
   —Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow