Mark Bowden, an Atlantic Monthly national correspondent, is an author, journalist, screenwriter and teacher. His book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War—an international best-seller that spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list—was a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden also worked on the screenplay for “Black Hawk Down,” a film adaptation of the book, directed by Ridley Scott. In addition, he is the author of the international best-seller Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw (2001), which tells the story of the hunt for Colombian cocaine billionaire Pablo Escobar. Killing Pablo won the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award as the best book in 2001 and is currently being adapted for film, with Bowden again writing the screenplay. He is also the author of Doctor Dealer (1987), Bringing the Heat (1994), Our Finest Day (2002) and Finders Keepers (2002). His most recent books are Guests of the Ayatollah, an account of the 1979-81 Iran hostage crisis, and The Best Game Ever, about the 1958 NFL championship game. He is a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He teaches journalism and creative writing at his alma mater, Loyola College of Maryland.
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32nd Annual Literary Festival
Bowden is presented by Old
University's 32nd Annual
Literary Festival and 2009-2010
President's Lecture Series