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TITLE: Nelson DeMille
SPEAKER: Nelson DeMille
EVENT DATE: 2003/10/04
RUNNING TIME: 31 minutes
Author Nelson DeMille talks about her work at the 2003 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia DeMille. DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. DeMille returned to the States and went back to Hofstra University where he received his degree in Political Science and History. He has two children, Lauren and Alexander, and lives on Long Island. DeMille's earlier books were NYPD detective novels. His first major novel was "By the Rivers of Babylon," published in 1978 and still in print, as are all his succeeding novels. He is a member of The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and American Mensa. He holds three honorary doctorates: Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University, Doctor of Literature from Long Island University and Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College. He is also the author of "By the Rivers of Babylon," "Cathedral," "The Talbot Odyssey," "Word of Honor," "The Charm School," "The Gold Coast," "The General's Daughter," "Spencerville," "Plum Island," "The Lion's Game," "Up Country" and "NIGHT FALL," which was released by Warner Books in November 2004. He also co-authored "Mayday" with Thomas Block and has contributed short stories, book reviews and articles to magazines and newspapers.