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Dan Baum, New Yorker writer, bestselling author of ‘Nine Lives’ dies in CO.

DAN BAUM, a freelancer journalist who wrote for New Yorker magazine, extensively chronicling New Orleans and its recovery from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the related breeches of drainage canals that flooded the city, died at his home in Boulder, CO. on October 8. He was 64.

DAN BAUM (Photo by Alan Smason)

While Baum published “Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Life and Death in New Orleans,” under his own byline of Dan Baum, it was one of four books he published in collaboration with his wife of more than three decades, Margaret Knox. The bestseller was later transformed into a musical, adapted by lyricist Colman DeKay and composer Paul Sanchez.

Writing under the single byline of Dan Baum, both Baum and Knox published three other books (“Citizen Coors: A Grand Family Saga of Business, Politics and Beer,” “Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure” and “Gun Guys: A Road Trip.”

The two met at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1985 and were married two years later. Following their nuptials, the couple moved to Zimbabwe, operating a news bureau there for a number of American clients and radio networks in the U.S., United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany for many years.

Later they lived in Mexico and when they moved back to the United States they lived in a variety of places such as California and Missouri before eventually settling for good in Boulder following the birth of a daughter.

Baum was also a noted gourmand, memoirist, hunter, and traveler. He considered his time writing “New Orleans Journal” five days a week from January through May of 2007 as “the most fun” he had on the New Yorker magazine. That work became a crash course in New Orleans for Baum and its many personalities led to his work on “Nine Lives,” by far and away his most popular work.

Beside his wife, Baum is survived by his daughter Rosa, his father Sy, and his brother Andy.

Details of arrangements were not available.

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