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Michael A. Walsh (born October 23, 1949[1]) is a music critic, author and screenwriter. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in 1971, he became a reporter for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in February 1972, where he won the New York State Publishers Association first prize for reporting for a series of articles about heroin in Rochester. He was named chief classical music critic of the San Francisco Examiner in November 1977 and music critic of Time Magazine in the spring of 1981, where his cover story subjects included James Levine, Vladimir Horowitz and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

His non-fiction works include Carnegie Hall: The First One Hundred Years (Harry N. Abrams, 1987), Who's Afraid of Classical Music (Fireside Books, 1989), Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works (Abrams, 1989, updated 1997), Who's Afraid of Opera? (1994), and So When Does the Fat Lady Sing? (Amadeus, 2008).

His novels for Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing), include Exchange Alley (1997), As Time Goes By (sequel to the film Casablanca, 1998) and And All the Saints (2003), winner of the 2004 American Book Award for Fiction. Exchange Alley was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection upon publication and has since become a cult novel. The movie rights to As Time Goes By are owned by Warner Bros., while the rights to And All the Saints went to MGM.

His latest novel, the thriller Hostile Intent, featuring the character of "Devlin," a top-secret operative of the Central Security Service, was published in Sept. 2009 by Pinnacle. It reached No. 1 on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list upon its release, and twice appeared on the New York Times's extended bestseller list in October of that year. A sequel, Black Widow, will appear in the fall of 2010, and three more books, as yet untitled, will follow in 2011, 2012 and 2013. A movie deal with a major Hollywood producer will be announced shortly.

From 1997-2002 he was a visiting fellow of the University Professors, Professor of Journalism and Professor of Film & Television at Boston University. He is currently Vice President of the board of the Wende Museum, devoted to East German and Soviet art, artifacts and scholarship, in Culver City, Calif.

Cadet Kelly, a 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie (co-written with Gail Parent) starring Hilary Duff was, until High School Musical, the highest-rated Disney Channel movie in history. Scripts in development include By MARTHA GELLHORN, about the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, and How High the Moon, about the lives of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

In January, 2010, in collaboration with Andrew Breitbart, he will launch a new website,, devoted to media commentary and criticism.

His principal residence is in Lakeville, Connecticut, but he also maintains residences in County Clare, Ireland, and Los Angeles.


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