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Richard Conniff's latest book is House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth, due in April 2016 from Yale University Press. Reviewers called his previous book--The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (W.W. Norton)--"a swashbuckling romp" that "brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era" (BBC Focus) and "an enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes" (New Scientist). "This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story" (Wall St. Journal)
Richard Conniff writes about behavior on two, four, six, and eight legs. He has 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. His latest book is The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (Norton, 2010), praised by New Scientist as “an enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes." He is the author of Swimming With Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), The Ape in the Corner Office: How to Make Friends, Win Fights, and Work Smarter By Understanding Human Nature (Crown, 2004), The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (Norton, 2002); Every Creeping Thing: True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife (Holt, 1998); Spineless Wonders: Strange Tales from the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996); and other books. The New York Times Book Review says, "Conniff is a splendid writer--fresh, clear, uncondescending, and with never a false step; one can't resist quoting him." Conniff also writes about wildlife, human cultures and other topics for Time, Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications in the United States and abroad. His magazine work in Smithsonian won the 1997 National Magazine Award, and was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing in 2000, 2002, and 2007. Conniff is also the winner of the 2001 John Burroughs Award for Outstanding Nature Essay of the Year, a 2009 Loeb Award for distinguished business journalism, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2012 Alicia Patterson Fellowship. Conniff has been a frequent commentator on NPR and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times online. He has written and presented television shows for National Geographic, TBS, Animal Planet, the BBC, and Channel Four in the UK. His television work has been nominated for an Emmy Award for distinguished achievement in writing, and he won the 1998 Wildscreen Prize for Best Natural History Television Script for the BBC show Between Pacific Tides.
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