Penguin Speakers Bureau

Mark Kurlansky

New York Times Bestselling-Author of Cod, Salt, and The Food of a Younger Land


Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award–winning author of many books, including Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town; and Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea, as well as the novel Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue.

Kurlanksy had two books published in 2009 by Penguin: The Last Fish Tale, a colorful depiction of America’s oldest fishing port, Gloucester, Massachusetts; and The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food—Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation’s Food Was Seasonal, Regional, and Traditional—From the Lost WPA Files.

He is the winner of a Bon Appétit Food Writer of the Year Award as well as a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award for Best Book, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in New York City.

Speaking Topics

  • Environmental Topics

    The Decline in Fish Stocks The Fishing Crisis The Future of the Oceans

  • Food Topics

    The History of Fishing Food Writing Salt American Cooking

  • The Year 1968 Around the World, and Why It Was a Global Phenomenon
  • The History of the Basques
  • The History of Nonviolence
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Featured Book

The Eastern Stars

"Phenomenally prolific, Kurlansky is drawn to seemingly limited subjects...He's found a journalistic sweet spot in the convergence of the sugar industry and professional baseball in a country with one of the worst economies in the Americas."


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