Louis Bayard

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Louis Bayard
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Born (1963-11-30) November 30, 1963 (age 58)
Princeton University, B.A.

Northwestern University, M.A.



  • Dan Conaway
  • Writers House
  • 21 W. 26th St.
  • New York, NY 10010
Spouse(s)Don Montuori (c:a 1988-present)
Childrentwo sons

Louis Bayard (born November 30, 1963 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American author. His historical mysteries include The Pale Blue Eye, Mr. Timothy, The Black Tower, The School of Night, and Roosevelt's Beast,[4] and they have been translated into 11 languages.[5][verification needed]


Bayard was born on November 30, 1963 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Princeton University and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches fiction writing at George Washington University.[1][2][6]

He was a staffer at the U.S. House of Representatives, working for Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and as press secretary for then Representative Phil Sharp (D-Indiana).


Bayard, Louis (1999). Fool's Errand (1st ed.). Los Angeles: Alyson Books. ISBN 1555834949. LCCN 98055139.
Bayard's first two novels, Fool's Errand (Alyson) and Endangered Species (Alyson), were romantic comedies with modern settings.[7][8]
Bayard, Louis (2001). Endangered species : a novel (1st ed.). Los Angeles: Alyson Books. ISBN 1555836410. LCCN 2001022614.
Bayard, Louis (2003). Mr. Timothy : a novel (1st ed.). New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0060534214. LCCN 2003042327.
His third novel, Mr. Timothy, published by HarperCollins, was a Victorian thriller featuring a grown-up Tiny Tim from Dickens' A Christmas Carol.[9] Bayard's novel was a New York Times Notable book and was chosen one of the 10 best books of the year by People magazine.[10][11][12]
Bayard, Louis (2006). The pale blue eye : a novel (1st ed.). New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0060733977. LCCN 2005044741.
His novel, The Pale Blue Eye, is a murder mystery set at West Point in 1830, where the young Edgar Allan Poe was a cadet. The book was nominated for an Edgar (2007) and a Dagger. It was optioned for a film adaptation by writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).[13][14][15][16][17]
Bayard, Louis (2008). The black tower (1st ed.). New York: William Morrow. ISBN 9780061173509. LCCN 2008005059.
Bayard's fifth novel, The Black Tower (Morrow), set in Paris in 1818, follows the real-life detective Eugène François Vidocq as he investigates the mystery surrounding Marie Antoinette's son.[18][19][20]
Bayard, Louis (2010). The school of night: a novel (1st ed.). New York: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9780805090697. LCCN 2010024961.
The School of Night (Holt), shuttles between modern-day Washington DC and Elizabethan England, where a group of scholars including Walter Ralegh, Christopher Marlowe and the scientist Thomas Harriot explore dangerous questions.[21][22]
Bayard, Louis (2014). Roosevelt's Beast : a novel (First ed.). New York: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9780805090703. LCCN 2013028721.
Roosevelt's Beast was published on March 18th, 2014.[23] It tells of an action adventure involving Theodore Roosevelt and his son, Kermit, through Brazil's Da Dúvida River circa 1914.[24]
Bayard, Louis (2016). Lucky Strikes (1st ed.). New York City: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9781627793902.[25]

Bayard, Louis (2019). Courting Mr. Lincoln (1st ed.). New York City: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9781616208479.

Bayard has also written book reviews and essays for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Salon and Nerve. He has appeared at the National Book Festival, and he has written the New York Times recaps for Downton Abbey[26] and Wolf Hall[27].[28][29][30][31]


  1. ^ a b "Louis Bayard". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2012. Gale Document Number: GALE H1000172882. Retrieved 2014-03-03. Biography in Context.
  2. ^ a b "Louis Bayard's novel explores gay life in D.C. The Capitol Hill veteran avoids the political". Princeton Alumni Weekly Class Notes. Princeton University. October 25, 2000. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  3. ^ "Author Louis Bayard - contact". Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  4. ^ "Storytellers | Louis Bayard |". The Monti. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  5. ^ "Author Louis Bayard" (Author website). Retrieved 2014-03-05.[verification needed]
  6. ^ "Web Exclusive: Books Received 2003-04". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  7. ^ "Product Reviews: Fool's Errand: A Novel: Amazon.com". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  8. ^ Bayard, Louis (2001). Endangered Species: A Novel: Louis Bayard: 9781555836412: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 1555836410.
  9. ^ "Like the Dickens". Washington Blade. 5 December 2003. Archived from the original on 20 December 2003.
  10. ^ "Notable Books". The New York Times. December 7, 2003. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  11. ^ "HarperCollins Publishing".
  12. ^ "Picks and Pans Main: Books". People. Vol. 60, no. 26. December 29, 2003. p. 45. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  13. ^ "'The Pale Blue Eye' To Be Adapted - GalleyCat". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  14. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 21, 2011). "Exclusive: 'Crazy Heart's' Scott Cooper to Direct 'The Pale Blue Eye'". The Wrap. The Wrap News, Inc. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  15. ^ "Edgar Award database".
  16. ^ "CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award 2006 goes to Edward Wright". The Crime Writers' Association. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Mystery Writers of America Announces 2007 Edgar Award Nominees". PRNewswire. January 19, 2007. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  18. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob; Moore, Dennis; Donahue, Deirdre (2008-11-05). "Book roundup: Historical fiction from vastly different times and places". USA Today r.
  19. ^ "The Black Tower: Louis Bayard: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  20. ^ "The Black Tower: A Novel by Louis Bayard". HarperCollins. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2014-03-11. From Louis Bayard, the acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye, comes The Black Tower, a stunning and pitch-perfect novel featuring the real-life criminal who transformed himself into the world's first and greatest detective. In The Black Tower, Bayard deftly interweaves political intrigue, epic treachery, cover-ups, and conspiracies into a gripping portrait of family redemption—and brings to life an indelible portrait of the mighty and profane Eugène François Vidocq, history's legendary investigator.
  21. ^ "The School of Night | Louis Bayard | Macmillan". Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  22. ^ "Louis Bayard | Authors | Macmillan". Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  23. ^ "Roosevelt's Beast | Louis Bayard | Macmillan". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  24. ^ Schlichenmeyer, Terri (March 7, 2014). "Paths through pages". Washington Blade. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  25. ^ "Book review". kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  26. ^ "Downton Abbey recaps". The New York Times.
  27. ^ "Wolf Hall recaps". The New York Times.
  28. ^ "National Book Festival Appearance". Library of Congress.
  29. ^ "Salon Louis Bayard page".
  30. ^ Bayard, Louis (2012-07-02). "Book World: Chris Cleave's 'Gold'". Washington Post Book Review. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  31. ^ Bayard, Louis; Bordo, Susan. "Vanity Fare". Nerve.