Mark Kurlansky has had 28 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He won the 1972 Earplay award for best radio play of the year. He worked many other jobs including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Partisan Review, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Apetit and Parade. His most recent book is City Beasts: Fourteen Short Stories of Uninvited Wildlife. He is most known for his novel Salt.