A Conversation with Louis Bayard

Graphic announcing crowdcast meeting with Louis Bayard. Includes photos of author and host, Ona Russell.


Want some expert tips on writing historical mysteries? 

Interested in the process of bringing a book to the big screen?  

Then join us on Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. on Crowdcast as SoCalMWA Vice President and “Authors in the Tent” host, Ona Russell, as she interviews the esteemed author, educator, and reviewer, Louis Bayard. 

The talk will be wide-ranging: from conducting historical research to the art of reviewing to the wild success of the film adaptation of The Pale Blue Eye

About Louis Bayard:

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

His acclaimed novels include The Pale Blue Eye, adapted into the global #1 Netflix release starring Christian Bale, Jackie and Me, ranked by the Washington Post as one of the top novels of 2022, the national bestseller Courting Mr. Lincoln, Roosevelt’s Beast, The School of Night, The Black Tower, and Mr. Timothy, as well as the highly praised young-adult novel, Lucky Strikes

A 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.

His reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Salon.

An instructor at George Washington University, he is the chair of the PEN/Faulkner Awards and was the author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.