Travels from: Colorado
Peter Heller is the national best-selling author of The River, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. Heller has also written the novels Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars. The Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, shared in the past by Western writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Terry Tempest Williams, and The Dog Stars, which was published to critical acclaim and lauded as a breakout bestseller, has been published in twenty-two languages to date.
Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature, Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsango River, and The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet’s Largest Mammal. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek.
He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, Colorado.
Talks and Topics
The Careening, Wonderful Road from Nonfiction to Fiction
Sense of Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction
The Poetry of Place in Writing Fiction
How to Survive a Career as an Adventure Journalist
Welcome to the Sixth Great Mass Extinction, Now Have Fun!
Rivers, Mountains, and the Alchemy of Storytelling: a Writer’s Journey
Why We Go Into The Wild
A Writer’s Process: Technique, Method, and The Five Touchstones
A Talk and Reading on Each Novel. The Catalysts and the Process
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In the News:
“Peter Heller’s Wildfire Escape” - Cowboys and Indians (June 2019)
“Reading the Northwest: Peter Heller’s The River Carries the Reader on a Swift Current of Adventure” - The Spokesman-Review (June 2019)
“Danger, Beauty, Suspense in The River’s Wilderness” - Chicago Daily Herald (June 2019)
“Drama and Suspense in the Candian Wilderness” - New York Times (April 2019)
“Colorado Author Peter Heller Tapped Personal Life in New Novel, The River” - The Colorado Springs Gazette (March 2019)
“Between Shadow and Light: Denver Author Peter Heller” - 5280 Magazine (Mar 2019)