Tomorrow, April 13th, 2018, marks the 275th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth. I have had a long relationship with TJ (as some of us call him here in Virginia) ever since I moved here over twenty years ago and was delighted when I learned that he had designed another house. Poplar Forest is a two weeks horseback ride south from Monticello and was designed in the shape of a perfect octagon. I
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I’ve collected some of my favorite pink things to share! I love pink in all its various hues and was thrilled to learn that the background of my website is ‘millennial pink.’ This fascinating article from The Guardian outlines the evolution of ‘millennial pink’ as a concept and attempts to define the color. The Cut provides b
My assistant, Ludovico, just completed another fabulous adventure. This time he journeyed through Nepal and decided to hike to Everest’s Base Camp. Below are some photos he took along the way and a description of his experiences. Ludovico’s Pilgrimage II: Nepal After crossing Southeast Asia I found myself in Kathmandu, Nepal sans plan. I spent three days in the city exploring the anci
Here are some photos from the twentieth anniversary of the celebration of the Virginia Literary Award. My friend and colleague David Baldacci was honored this year with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Also pictured above is Margot Lee Shetterly, 2017 People’s Choice Award winner in nonfiction with her book, Hidden Figures. This is also the fifth annual
Visiting the Annapolis Boat Show: the sailboats in the yacht harbor have more space and amenities than my old Sausalito tree house where I wrote my first two books! I had great fun updating my skills at the National Boat Show in Annapolis: shopping for sailboats to use in my next book.
Last winter, my young millennial assistant Ludovico Orsini told me that he aspired to gain speedy fluency in the French language, so he could apply for a special graduate program in France. I suggested that he spend a highly-intensive period in a part of France where no one spoke English (or where people didn’t know that he spoke English.) Ludovico decided, starting in Paris, to spend 3 months and
I’ve just returned from presenting one of the most interesting categories at The Edgar Awards – Best Paperback Original. The winner: Adrian McKinty’s Rain Dogs Read the first page of Rain Dogs (Chapter 1: The Most Famous Man in The World) Below is a video of my presentation of the Best Paperback Original (McKinty’s wife accepted the award in lieu of the author). &nbs
A memorable way to spend my birthday! April 4th private tour for 50 guests, of the legendary Smithsonian Castle: my fellow author and fellow board member of the Smithsonian Libraries, Steve Berry, lead a guided tour of hidden locales in the Castle.
After my arrival at le Chateau in Brittany, France… I soon found these fantastic menhirs, nearby to the Chateau, in Carnac. (Menhir – from the Brittonic languages – ‘maen’ or ‘men’ meaning stone and ‘hir’ or ‘hîr’ meaning long) And then journeyed to Lagatyar, north of Carnac, for even ‘longer’ stones and a small dolmen.
Pilgrimage is one of the oldest forms of Quest, and is celebrated by religions and cultures all over the world. Since everyone knows that my characters and I are aficionados of Quests of all sorts, it’s no surprise that this is one of my favorites! Some years ago, I was invited to lecture in Spain at several universities and other venues. Perhaps coincidentally, my path led along the Camino de San
If you are interested in El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Santiago) – this is the best guide: The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela by William Melczer Professor Melczer, an authority on the pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, translates the medieval pilgrim’s book with notes and fascinating history. There are four routes that converge in Spain: the French route; the Aus
What’s Inside the Box? (originally posted on Bookpage.com) The Mystery Writers of America, along with editor Brad Meltzer, have brought together 21 original stories from 21 contemporary mystery writers in The Mystery Box. In the second of three guest blog posts, Katherine Neville introduces the fascinating history behind her Mystery Box story, “The Lunar Society.” See a P
Cherry blossom festival is the best week in Washington DC, and always falls on my birthday. I wrote an entire scene in The Fire set during that first week in April. Here is a vase filled with cherry blossoms from my own tree, a 60-foot tall ornamental cherry planted fifty years ago by the famous potter Teruo Hara. Below is a picture of the same tree today, planted down in the gully, it soars way a