Books: New and noteworthy

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

Inside the Office of a Best-Selling Author

If it weren’t considered the federal government’s factory town, Washington might be known as a literary capital. But never mind—the two are interrelated: The intrigue that happens here daily is a fine muse for novelists, in particular David Baldacci. The author, who lives in Northern Virginia, has produced one bestseller after another, dating back to Absolute Power in 1996. He wrote his latest, Memory Man—as he did some two dozen of his 30 novels—in this cozy nook in a nondescript office park off Fairfax County Parkway in Reston.

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.

Why I Love…Charlottesville, Va.

For David Baldacci, attending the University of Virginia School of Law inspired his career – as an author. 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.

David Baldacci: Keeping the thrill alive

Twenty-nine novels, 110 million copies in print, four novels for children, film and television adaptations.

No question about it, David Baldacci is a best-selling author.

He’s popular enough that all the seats to Wednesday’s author luncheon for the Library Foundation for Sarasota County have sold out.

And while his books are thrillers — his latest, “The Escape,” features combat veteran and Army special agent John Puller — his speaking engagements “are all about having fun,” he said. “People will remember a serious story” if he adds some humor.

Read more here.

David Baldacci makes a case for young readers

When best-selling author David Baldacci presents “The Finisher” at the Vero Beach Book Center Feb. 12, his fans may receive an unexpected surprise. Read more here.

David Baldacci shares some exclusive news

Vega Jane is back! Learn more here.

Are Conspiracy Theories All Bad?

The United States has a long tradition of conspiracy theories – a reflection of a widespread suspicion of powerful groups secretly undermining democratic society.

Though some are fueled by discrepancies in the official accounts of certain events, many conspiracy theories persist despite strong evidence to the contrary. Why is there such a strong predilection toward these narratives? What role does this kind of skepticism play in society?

Read the discussion here.