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Bruce Watson      

Author of "Freedom Summer"

While becoming a writer, Bruce Watson worked as a factory hand, a journalist, a bartender, an office temp, a Peace Corps volunteer, and an elementary school teacher.

As a frequent contributor to Smithsonian, Watson wrote more than 40 feature articles on subjects ranging from eels to Ferraris to the history of Coney Island. His articles have also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Yankee, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.

Bread and Roses was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of “25 Books to Remember in 2005.” Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, The Murders, and The Judgment of Mankind” was a Book of the Month Club Selection and was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award.

Watson holds a Master’s Degree in American history from the University of Massachusetts and lives with his wife and two children in Western Massachusetts. He is currently at work on a “biography” of Light.


Bruce Watson Speaks at Honors Convocation
Bruce Watson recently spoke to a group of more than 200 LSU students as part of the third annual Honors College Convocation.
Author Bruce Watson will deliver keynote address at Miami's convocation
Author Bruce Watson will deliver the keynote address. Watson wrote Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, which was selected for this year's summer reading program. The book details a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.
The life of light: Bruce Watson's newest book illuminates ‘A Radiant History’
Bruce Watson is a genius, and his latest book, “A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age,” is brilliant.

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