Alan Weisman is a senior editor and producer for Homelands Productions. He has reported from the US, Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Antarctica, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle and Far East. His radio pieces have been heard on NPR, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. His writing has appeared in Harper's, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orion, Audubon, Mother Jones, Discover, Condé Nast Traveler, Resurgence, and in several anthologies (including The Best American Science Writing 2006).
Alan's last book, The World Without Us (Thomas Dunne Books, 2007), was a New York Times and international bestseller, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orion Award, the Rachel Carson Prize, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and winner of the National Library of China's Wenjin Book Prize. It was named the top nonfiction book of 2007 by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Canada's National Post, and has been translated into 34 languages. His next book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, will be published in September, 2013, by Little, Brown and Co. He is also the author of An Echo In My Blood (Harcourt Brace, 1999); Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World (Chelsea Green Publishing, 1998); La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986); and We, Immortals (Pocket Books, 1979). He teaches environmental and international journalism at the University of Arizona.
Alan Weisman has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Colombia, writer-in-residence at the Altos de Chavón Escuela de Arte y Diseño in the Dominican Republic, John Farrar Fellow in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Among his radio awards shared with his Homelands colleagues are a Robert F. Kennedy Citation, the Harry Chapin/World Hunger Year award, and Brazil's Prèmio Nacional de Jornalismo Radiofônico. He has also received a Four Corners Award for Best Nonfiction Book; a Los Angeles Press Club Award for Best Feature Story; and a Best of the West Award in Journalism. His book, Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, won the 1998 Social Inventions Award from the London-based Global Ideas Bank. He and his wife, sculptor Beckie Kravetz, live in western Massachusetts.
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The World Without Us
An Echo in My Blood: The Search for a Family's Hidden Past
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World
La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico
University of Arizona Spring Commencement Speech
May 15, 2009
Three Planetary Futures Vanity Fair, April 2008
Earth Without People
Mining the Imagination for New Energy
Diamonds in the Wild
The Sacred and Profane
Vanishing Forests, Endangered People
Chiloé: A Bridge Too Far?
Resurrecting the Zápara
Bale Homes in Mexico