Eric Weiner

During his 30 year career as a journalist— and, now, author—Eric Weiner has distinguished himself as a keen observer and original thinker. As a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, he reported from more than 30 nations, from Iraq to Indonesia, covering some of the major international events of recent times. He is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Angel Award for coverage of Islamic affairs in Asia.

Weiner's first book, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World (TWELVE, 2008) was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into 20 languages. Several high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curriculum. Weiner is also the recipient of the Borders Original Voices Award, and a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His second book, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine, was widely praised for its fresh, often humorous, take on spiritual seeking.

His latest book, The Geography of Genius: a Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley  will be published by Simon & Schuster in January, 2016. Eric is also regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Slate, The Washington Post and other publications.