Some ‘Beastly’ News

An image of a small wind-up pencil-sharpener in form of dinosaur

The newest arrval in my office (see below)

A few months remain before the publication of my next book, In the Garden of Beasts, but already a lot of nice things have happened:

–Publishers in France, Britain, Australia/New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Poland have acquired rights to publish the book in their countries;

–The Chautauqua Institution has chosen In the Garden of Beasts to be one of the books featured in its Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle for this summer, a huge honor;

Vanity Fair has dispatched a photographer to “shoot” yours truly for the magazine. 

 –Y.T. has also been invited to be the night’s speaker at the University of Washington Friends of the Library 2010 Literary Voices banquet, and at the annual fundraising event of the Library Foundation of Hillsboro, Oregon. For details on these and other upcoming events in Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, and elsewhere, please pay a visit to my Events page.

But the really big and rather unsettling news in my office is the arrival of a wind-up Triceratops pencil sharpener. Not surprisingly, tensions have arisen. Nunzilla, who thus far has dominated my window sill, is FURIOUS and has vowed that sparks will fly. Severed-head Ken is placid as always. The Triceratops is taking it all in its spring-wound stride. More later, I’m sure…

Face-off between Triceratops and Nunzilla

Clearly tensions are brewing

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Erik Larson is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, which examines how Winston Churchill and his “Secret Circle” went about surviving the German air campaign of 1940-41. Erik’s The Devil in the White City is set to be a Hulu limited series; his In the Garden of Beasts is under option by Tom Hanks, for a feature film. He recently published an audio-original ghost story, No One Goes Alone, which has been optioned by Netflix. Erik lives in Manhattan with his wife, who is a writer and retired neonatologist; they have three grown daughters.

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