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Mark Braude is the author of two books of nonfiction: Making Monte Carlo: A History of Speculation and Spectacle (Simon & Schuster) which traces a history of the world’s first casino resort; and The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba From Exile to Escape (Penguin Press) which concerns Napoleon Bonaparte’s ten-month exile on Elba and will be published in the fall of 2018.

Before turning to writing full time, Mark was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Stanford University, teaching in the departments of Art History, History, and French. While at Stanford he curated a multimedia show, Speed and Power, at the Cantor Center for the Arts and was named a John S. Knight Journalism Fellows Favorite Professor.

Mark holds a PhD in History and Visual Culture from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in French Studies from New York University, and a BA from the University of British Columbia. His writing has appeared in publications such as The New Republic, The Globe and Mail, and The Los Angeles Times. Mark was named a 2017-2018 Public Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in Vancouver with his wife.


All images (except book cover) are drawn from postcards