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Nancy Bilyeau

Executive Editor


Nancy Bilyeau, author of historical thrillers The CrownThe Chalice and The Tapestry, is the executive editor of DuJour. She is a writer and editor who has worked on the staffs of InStyleRolling Stone, and Good Housekeeping. A native of the Midwest, she graduated from the University of Michigan. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Recent Articles
  • The Secrets of Coco Chanel

    The Secrets of Coco Chanel

    In a new novel, author C.W. Gortner reveals the truth behind the fashion designer's iconic image

    Mademoiselle Chanel, published by William Morrow this week, has won glowing reviews (“deliciously satisfying”) for its excitement and drama and the fascinating details of Coco Chanel’s rags to riches triumph. But the novel also goes deeper, thanks to the connection its author, C.W. Gortner, made with his famously ... More

  • The Stories of Their Lives

    Spring Reading List

    These four finely written memoirs pack an emotional punch


  • Romance Novels You’ll Actually Love

    Romance Novels You’ll Actually Love

    Top picks in this genre that are anything but cheesy

     As the film premiere looms of Fifty Shades of Grey, sending fans of the book into a frenzy, it seems as if the romance genre is stronger than ever.  Or do the 100 million E.L. James books sold worldwide mean that this phenomenon extends only to those who like their heroines ... More

  • Warm Up with a Mystery

    Warm Up with a Mystery

    Four new historical thrillers yield rich escapes from winter doldrums


  • The Plame Game

    The Season's Best New Thriller

    Valerie Plame left the CIA but didn’t give up on international intrigue

    Many thrillers strive for a ripped-from-the-headlines tone, but Burned, which opens with a bombing by a secret extremist group, takes authenticity to a new level. The reason is its co-author, Valerie Plame, who worked as a CIA officer before she was herself "burned." In 2003, a newspaper column about Iraq’s development ... More

  • Tony Robbins’ Freedom Road

    Tony Robbins Shares His Secrets to Success

    The bestselling author and life-coach strategist tells Nancy Bilyeau why he wrote his new book—and how its seven steps could revolutionize our finances

    More than two decades after Awaken the Giant Within hit the top of the bestseller lists and brought his advice to millions, Tony Robbins returns with Money: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom (Simon & Schuster), which hits stores November 18th. Robbins certainly wasn’t kidding around when he came up with ... More

  • The Belle of Off-Broadway

    Joely Richardson Is the Belle of Off-Broadway

    Joely Richardson tells Nancy Bilyeau why playing Emily Dickinson is the role of a lifetime

    Among the musicals and large-cast dramas, the superheroes and the tragediennes, a play is running at New York City’s Westside Theatre that is devoted to one woman, and she is someone who lived and died in the 19th century, famous in the Massachusetts town she lived in her whole life for ... More

  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

    The Year's Best Rock Memoirs

    Rock-and-roll memoirs are turning it up to 11 this fall. Nancy Bilyeau leaps into the mosh pit.

    When Keith Richards’ hardcover confessional Life made it to the New York Times bestseller list in 2010 and hung on for 22 weeks, it showed the publishing industry just how lucrative a hard-livin’ rocker’s tell-all could be. Baby boomers can now air guitar to the pages of Steven Tyler, Sammy ... More

  • Size Matters

    Size Matters

    The Miniaturist author Jessie Burton shares how she infiltrated a unique world to write her thrilling new novel

    Five years ago, frustrated with her acting career, Oxford-educated Jessie Burton decided it was time to try a novel.  She was drawn to the sight of an intricate 17th century dollhouse in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum owned by the wife of a wealthy merchant, and she began to imagine that young woman’s world. The ... More

  • Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman

    Where does bestselling author Deborah Harkness get the ideas for her books of magic and suspense? The answer may surprise you

    When Deborah Harkness, a professor of European history at the University of Southern California, turned her knowledge of Renaissance magic, science and family life into a novel, it was an instant sensation. A Discovery of Witches hit the New York Times best seller list in 2011. Next came Shadow of Night, and last week ... More