Journalist and author Mark Kurlansky is the 2010 William Block Senior Writer. He has written several notable titles, including Salt (Penguin, 2002) and Cod (Vintage, 1997), and 1968 (Random House Trade, 2003), which was the recipient of an ALA Notable Book Award. Kurlansky’s books have been translated into twenty-five languages. In 2006 he was named Bon Appetit Magazine’s Food Writer of the Year, and in 2007 he was the awardee of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his novel, Nonviolence (Modern Library, 2006).

The Easter Stars (Riverhead Books, 2010), Kurlansky’s latest book, is a portrait of a small, impoverished area in the Dominican Republic that so far has produced 79 Major League baseball players. He examines the history, culture, and impact on baseball in this struggling Caribbean town.

As a journalist, he has worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. His articles have also appeared in The Lost Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. Kurlansky currently resides in New York with his wife and daughter.