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.

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.

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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.