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David Quammen is the author of four books of fiction and seven nonfiction titles, including The Song of the Dodo, which won several national and international awards. In the past thirty years he has also published a few hundred pieces of short nonfiction--essays, columns, articles, reviews--in magazines such as Esquire, Outside, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and Harper's. He has been honored with an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award. His current book project involves zoonotic diseases, the infections that leap into humans from other species; mainly that means scary new viruses, as well as a few scary old ones. Quammen is a Contributing Writer for National Geographic Magazine, in whose service he travels often, usually to jungles, deserts, and swamps. Home is Bozeman, Montana.
Throughout the rest of this website, he won't refer to himself in the third person.