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Louis Bayard says that writing is its own insanity and feels compelled to do it. He discusses the craft of writing detective fiction and how he rides the line between staying true to facts and allowing his imagination to shape his stories.
A critically acclaimed novelist, reviewer and journalist, Louis Bayard has written for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nerve.com and Salon.com. Among his five novels are Edgar Award-nominated “The Pale Blue Eye” (2007) and "Mr. Timothy," a New York Times Notable Book and one of People magazine’s 10 best books of 2003. His latest book is “The Black Tower” (HarperCollins/William Morrow, August 2008). Bayard will appear in the Fiction & Mystery pavilion.
About the 2008 National Book Festival
The 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush was held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.