Richard Conniff, author,

is creating his latest book




per month

About Richard Conniff, author,

I am a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a popular author specializing in human and animal behaviors. I have collected tarantulas in the Peruvian Amazon, tracked leopards with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, climbed the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda, and trekked through the Himalayas of Bhutan in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur. And I have loved this work.

My latest project is a bit different but close to my heart. It's a history of the conquest of epidemic disease, from the first description of microbial life by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek on up to the eradication of smallpox in the 1970s, just as AIDS was emerging as a new disease. (You can get a taste of my deep connection to the subject from this recent online piece for National Geographic: ). The book is for Princeton University Press, meaning it's not quite unpaid labor, but close--too close to pay for some of the research travel I need to undertake and to pay my bills otherwise.

This is the work for which I am seeking your support now. Given the deteriorating finances of the magazine industry, I would appreciate your continued support later on when I return to writing about wildlife, the natural world, and other topics that have been my familiar territory.

My latest book is House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and The Story of Life on Earth, (Yale 2016). I have been a National Magazine Award-winning writer for Smithsonian, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and other publications, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2009 winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. My other books include The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (Norton 2010), Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton 2009), The Ape in the Corner Office (Crown 2006), The Natural History of the Rich (Norton 2002), and Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales of the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996). I have been a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and have written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others.

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