National Book Award finalist
Erik Larson is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, most recently Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. His previous book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, also hit #1 where it stayed on the list for 35 weeks as a hardcover and 53 weeks as a paperback. The Devil in the White City stayed on the 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; the option to make a movie of the book was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Erik graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Russian history, language and culture. He received a masters in journalism from Columbia University. After a brief stint at the Bucks County Courier Times, Larson became a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and later a contributing writer for Time Magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publications. Larson lives in Seattle with his wife and three daughters.