The author of more than thirty books for adults, teens and children, Michael Cadnum is perhaps best know for his adult suspense fiction and young adult fiction based on myths, legends, and historical figures. His acclaimed novels include Calling Home (1991 Edgar Award nominee), Breaking The Fall (1992 Edgar Award nominee), The Crusader trilogy (The Book Of The Lion [2000, National Book Award finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, and an Owl Creek Book Award winner], The Leopard Sword , The Dragon Throne ), Flash (2010), and Seize The Storm (2012).
His numerous short fiction has been collected in CAN’T CATCH ME AND OTHER TWICE-TOLD TALES (2006) and Earthquake Murder (2018). A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Helen Bullis Prize for his poetry, Cadnum’s many books of poems include This Early Dark (2016), The Woman Who Discovered Math (2001), By Evening (1992), and Long Afternoons (1986). His short stories “Daphne” and “Can’t Catch Me” were both performed as one-act plays.