Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler spent two years with the Peace Corps, an experience he recounted in his book River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, which won the Kiriyama Prize and was short-listed for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. His stories have also appeared in the Best American Travel Writing and the Best American Sports Writing. Hessler joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2000. From 2000 until 2007, Hessler was the magazine’s correspondent in the People’s Republic of China. His second book, Oracle Bones (2006), was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. Hessler won an ASME award in 2008 for his piece “China’s Instant Cities,” about the entrepreneurial frenzy behind China’s dramatic economic growth, published in National Geographic in June 2007. His Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, was published by Harper in 2010. In 2011, Hessler was named a MacArthur Fellow. His latest book is Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West.