Erik to be May’s “Man of the Moment” at Once Again his Daughters are Incredulous; His Wife Says, “This Erik Larson? You Sure You Have the Right Guy?”

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been chosen to be May’s “Man of the Moment” at, which tickles me no end–it’s one more of those positive little signs that a writer needs as the launch of his book approaches. (For more on this particular neurosis, please see my new blog post, On the Roller Coaster.)

Other bits of recent happy news: An excellent “starred” advance review of In the Garden of Beasts in the American Library Association’s Booklist, and word that the book made the top-ten list of forthcoming nonfiction books most in demand. Beasts is at no. 3. Not that I’m needy or anything, but I’d really like to be in the no. 1 slot. HELP ME GET THERE. Okay, I’m over it. 

More good news: Here in Seattle, the first signs of spring have sprung–crocuses and the first cherry and forsythia blossoms, and the first chatterings of spring birds. This means that Mrs. Peel, my old British sportscar, will soon emerge from the garage, and tow trucks will be swarming my block like swallows to Capistrano.

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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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