Award-winning local author Pete Earley was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley is the author of nine non-fiction books and three novels including the New York Times bestsellers Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring and COMRADE J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy In America After the End of the Cold War as well as Edgar winner for his true crime book Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town.
His book, CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. It describes his attempts to help his college age son, Mike, after he becomes ill with bipolar disorder and is arrested. It also chronicles a year that Earley spent at the Miami Dade County Jail where he followed persons with mental disorders, who had been in jail, out into the community to see what sort of services they received. His book also won awards from Mental Health America and the American Psychiatric Association.
Pete Earley was cited by Washingtonian Magazine in a cover story entitled, “Top Journalists: Washington's Media Elite,” as one of a handful of journalists in America who "have the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency."