The ‘Devil’ is Back…On the New York Times Bestseller List

Erik Larson is very pleased to report that his Devil in the White City, first published in 2003, is back on the New York Times bestseller list, in the nonfiction paperback category. It appeared at a gratifyingly robust no. 8 (out of 20). Erik reports that this is like suddenly seeing a long-lost friend turn up at his door.

In it’s earlier incarnations–hardback and paper–Devil spent over three years on the Times‘ lists. The Times, in the book review of Sunday, July 17, picked up the count at 171 weeks. (But Erik, honestly, who besides you and the Times is really counting?)

Meanwhile, Devil had a debut on a brand new list: the Times‘ e-book bestseller list, where it landed at no. 17 (out of 25), a reflection of the logarithmic increase in sales of e-books for Kindles, Nooks, and so forth. There it joins Erik’s new book, In the Garden of Beasts, which as of July 17 resided at the no. 2 spot on the e-book list (and no. 2 on the hardcover nonfiction list, and no. 2 on the Times‘ overall list.)

Erik is very pleased, but needs to stop checking lists and get back to work. He still does not have an idea for his next book, and at this rate, he may never find one. He is easily distracted. His current obsession: The rotted frames of several windows on his house, discovered by his housepainters.

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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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