The traditional Saturday evening banquet at the 2018 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will feature a conversation with Mark Bowden. Bowden is the author of the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, which follows the events of a US military raid in Somalia. The book, based on a series of articles originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and later became an Academy-Award winning film.

For more than two decades, Bowden has turned historical military events into successful non-fiction stories, from Black Hawk Down to Killing Pablo, about the hunt for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, to his latest book Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in VietnamHue 1968 revisits the brutal Tet Offensive from both sides of the war, and the effects both in Vietnam and the United States.

In addition to riveting military non-fiction, Bowden is a national correspondent to The Atlantic Magazine, and was the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Delaware from 2013-2017.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating conversation with Mark Bowden, detailing the evolution of his work, his writing process, and other aspects of a prolific writing career.

The 70th Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held June 8-10, 2018, at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Visit this page for more information, including speaker information and a general schedule of events.