Biography

Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner is the author of the New York Times bestseller THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS, as well as two other books. His latest book, THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENIUS, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful…Weiner’s best book yet.”

THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. Weiner is the recipient of the Borders Original Voices Award, and a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His second book, MAN SEEKS GOD, was called a “disarmingly funny, illuminating read…a refreshing departure from more weighty spiritual tomes.”

As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Eric 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.

Eric writes a regular column for BBC Travel. His work also appears in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other publications, as well as on NPR’s Morning Edition. He is a popular speaker and lecturer. (Go here for a list of upcoming appearances or to contact his agent.)

When not writing, or thinking about writing, Eric is an avid cyclist and consumer of sushi (Tekka maki, in particular). He lives in in the Washington, DC area, with his wife and daughter and their two rambunctious cats.

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Books by Eric Weiner

by Eric Weiner - Nonfiction, Travel

In THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENIUS, acclaimed travel writer Eric Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places --- like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley --- to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo and Leonardo remains.

written and read by Eric Weiner - Nonfiction, Travel

In THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENIUS, acclaimed travel writer Eric Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places --- like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley --- to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo and Leonardo remains.

by Eric Weiner - Nonfiction, Religion, Travel

When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner --- an agnostic by default --- finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" The thought of it nags him, and ultimately he embarks on a worldwide exploration of countless religions to find personal spiritual meaning.