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Novelist and nature writer
Brenda Peterson is a novelist and nature writer, author of 17 books, including a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” Duck and Cover. Her new novel, The Drowning World, a YA crossover fantasy/sci-fi is just out.
Her recent memoir, I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth was named among the "Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books" by The Christian Science Monitor. The book was also chosen by independent booksellers nationwide as an Indie Next Top Pick and a“Great Read.”
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Peterson's first memoir, Build Me an Ark: A Life with Animals, was chosen as a “Best Spiritual Book of 2001,” and was translated into Chinese. Her non-fiction books include Living by Water and the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whale’s Mysterious Journey. Peterson's first children's book, Pups on the Beach, is a winner of the National Science Teacher's Association for "Outstanding Books of 2013 for K-12."
Peterson’s work has appeared in many national publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Utne Reader, Orion and Oprah magazine. Since 1993 she has contributed environmental commentary for Seattle’s NPR stations.