Madison Smartt Bell

Author, The Color of Night

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of fourteen novels, most recently "The Color of Night “ (2011). He has also published two collections of short stories:" Zero db" (1987) and "Barking Man" (1990). In 2002, the novel "Doctor Sleep" was adapted as a film, "Close Your Eyes", starring Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, and Shirley Henderson. "Forty Word s For Fear", an album of songs co-written by Bell and Wyn Cooper and inspired by the novel "Anything Goes",was released by Gaff Music in 2003; other performers include Don Dixon, Jim Brock, Mitch Easter and Chris Frank.

Bell's fifth novel, "Soldier's Joy" received the Lillian Smith Award in 1989. His eighth, "All Soul's Rising", was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race. "All Souls Rising", along with the second and third novels of his "Haitian Revolutionary" trilogy, "Master of the Crossroads" and "The Stone That The Builder Refused", is available in a uniform edition from Vintage Contemporaries. "Toussaint Louverture: A Biography", appeared in 2007. "Devil's Dream", a novel based on the career of Nathan Bedford Forrest, was published by Pantheon in 2009.

Born and raised in Tennessee, he has lived in New York and in London and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Princeton University (A.B 1979) and Hollins College (M.A. 1981), he has taught in various creative writing programs, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Since 1984 he has taught at Goucher College, along with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires. He has been a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers since 2003, and was awarded a Strauss Living by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008. For more details, visit