Erik Larson is a non-fiction author best known for his book The Devil in the White City which stayed on the New York Times‘ hardcover and paperback lists for a combined total of over five years. It won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was a finalist for a National Book Award. Larson’s research has taken him to far-flung locales, and down innumerable strange alleys. For his 2006 bestseller, Thunderstruck, Erik traveled to London, Munich, Rome, Nova Scotia, and Cape Cod, as he sought to chronicle the strange intersection in the careers of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of wireless, and Hawley Harvey Crippen, England’s second most-famous murderer (after Jack the Ripper). To broaden his understanding of Marconi and his roots, Erik studied Italian; he achieved an elementary grasp of the language while developing an advanced appreciation for Italian red wines. Larson also wrote Isaac’s Storm, published in September 1999. In addition to becoming an immediate bestseller, the book won the American Meteorology Society’s prestigious Louis J. Battan Author’s Award. Larson now lives in Seattle with his wife and three daughters.
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