New Literary Award Established in Honor of Mark Twain

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master’s degree from Yale University and three honorary doctorates. Now a new literary award has been established in his honor – The  Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. Read more here.

Wish You Well Movie to be Released on DVD/VOD on June 2!

Wish You Well will be released on DVD and VOD on Tuesday, June 2. In celebration of its release, Wish You Well will be screened that evening at four theaters across Virginia: The Grandin Theatre (Roanoke), Westlake Cinema (Hardy), The Byrd Theatre (Richmond) and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Ashburn). All screenings will begin at 7:00 p.m.; doors will open at 6:00 p.m. A Q&A session with writer/producer David Baldacci and producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins will follow the Roanoke screening; a Q&A with actor JP Vanderloo will follow the Ashburn screening. Seating is limited; tickets can be purchased in advance here. The first 30 people to arrive at each theater will receive a Wish You Well poster.

Filmed entirely on location in Giles County, Va., Wish You Well was adapted from David Baldacci’s bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Interstellar), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga, Interstellar), and Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama). It was directed by Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records) and produced by Sara Elizabeth Timmins of Life Out Loud Films, David Baldacci, and Karen Spiegel of Copper Beech Productions.

Wish You Well will be released in the United States on DVD and VOD by Entertainment One Ltd. Mission Pictures will distribute the film internationally.

Book review (Fiction): Memory Man

Baldacci’s novels always have an emotional component, whether it’s love of family, say, or love of one’s country. But “Memory Man” stands out among his thrillers for its deeply felt — and earned — sense of catharsis and healing. Read the full review here.

Watch: ‘Wish You Well’ exclusive trailer

Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn stars as a kind but tough Virginia landowner in Wish You Well, which debuts its trailer on USA TODAY. The film will be released on June 2. Read more here.

Who You’ll See at the National Book Festival

David Baldacci is just one of more than 100 celebrated authors who will appear at this fall’s National Book Festival, a 12-hour literary extravaganza in the nation’s capital that draws close to 200,000 people. Read more here.

Baldacci’s “Wish You Well” makes local debut at Richmond film fest

David Baldacci’s “Wish You Well” will be the featured film on opening night of the Richmond International Film Festival next Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:15 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre. The four-day festival will feature more than 120 films from six continents with screenings at the Byrd, the Virginia Historical Society and Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas. Read more here.