Michael Pearson is the author of a novel and six nonfiction books. His most recent title is Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel. For ten years he directed the graduate program in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University and for three decades he taught courses on travel writing, narrative nonfiction, and American literature there. His numerous articles, stories, and essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal, The Washington Post, The Literary Review, the Southern Literary Journal, and many others. He is currently writing his second novel and a memoir about his Irish grandfather.