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MARK BRAUDE is the author of two books of nonfiction.

His most recent book, The Invisible Emperor (Penguin Press, 2018), concerns Napoleon’s ten-month exile on Elba, and was a named a Coups de coeur title by the American Library in Paris, a best book of the year by The Oregonian, and a nonfiction favorite of the year by The Seattle Times. It has been translated into Czech, Dutch, and Spanish. 

His first book, Making Monte Carlo (Simon & Schuster, 2016), chronicles the rise of the world’s first casino-resort. His writing has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Republic, among other publications.

He was named a 2017-2018 Public Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be a Visiting Fellow at the American Library in Paris (postponed from Spring 2020). He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and a lecturer in Stanford’s departments of Art History, History, and French, where he was named a Knight Journalism Fellows Favorite Professor and curated an exhibition, Speed and Power, at the Cantor Arts Center. He holds a PhD in History and Visual Culture from USC, an MA in French Studies from NYU, and a BA from UBC.

He lives in Vancouver with his wife and their daughter. He is working on a book about the French artist and model Kiki de Montparnasse, focusing on her professional and romantic entanglement with the American photographer Man Ray in 1920s Paris. It will be published by W.W. Norton in 2021 along with UK and German editions.

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