Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols is the author of the national best sellers Evolution’s Captain and A Voyage for Madmen; a memoir, Sea Change: Alone across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat; and the novel Voyage to the North Star. His book about nineteenth-century whaling will be published by Putnam in 2009. He has taught creative writing at Georgetown University, New York University, and Bowdoin College. Before turning to writing full-time, he was a professional yacht captain.

The Ecotone Interview with Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is the author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (Penguin, 2008). His previous book The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Penguin, 2006), was named one of the ten best books of…

Captain FitzRoy’s Protégé

When he came home from his circumnavigation of the world aboard HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin had a book to write. It was to be one volume—essentially a footnote—of a much larger work describing the Beagle’s two voyages up to that…