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Adventure Writer, Contributor Editor & Novelist

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Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.At the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, he won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem “The Psalms of Malvine.” In the winter of 2002 he joined, on the ground team, the most ambitious whitewater expedition in history as it made its way through the treacherous Tsangpo Gorge in Eastern Tibet. He chronicled what has been called The Last Great Adventure Prize for Outside, and in his book "Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River."

In December, 2005, on assignment for National Geographic Adventure, he joined the crew of an eco-pirate ship belonging to the radical environmental group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as it sailed to Antarctica to hunt down and disrupt the Japanese whaling fleet. In "The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet’s Largest Mammals," Heller recounts fierce gales, forty foot seas, rammings, near-sinkings and a committed crew’s clear-eyed willingness to die to save a whale.

In the fall of 2007 Heller was invited by the team who made the acclaimed film "The Cove" to accompany them in a clandestine filming mission into the guarded dolphin-killing cove in Taiji, Japan. Heller paddled into the inlet with four other surfers while a pod of pilot whales was being slaughtered. He was outfitted with a helmet cam, and the terrible footage can be seen in the movie. "The Cove" went on to win an Academy Award. Heller wrote about the experience for Men’s Journal.

Heller’s most recent memoir, about surfing from California down the coast of Mexico, "Kook: What Surfing Taught Me about Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave," was published by The Free Press in 2010.

Heller’s debut novel, "The Dog Stars," was published by Knopf in August, 2012. It was the Apple iBooks Novel of the Year, Hudson Booksellers top fiction pick of the Year, and an Atlantic Monthly and San Francisco Examiner Best Book of the Year. It was critically celebrated and a breakout bestseller, and has been published in 18 languages.

His second novel, "The Painter," was released in May, 2014.

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The Painter: A novel

The Painter: A novel

The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries)

The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries)

Speaking Topics
  • A Life of Adventure

    For Peter Heller, no story ever went as planned. On his first magazine assignment to the Tibetan Plateau, a fellow whitewater paddler died in his arms. He accompanied radical eco-pirates on a hair raising two month campaign to hunt down a whaling fleet in the icy waters off Antarctica. He learned to fly a plane in three weeks with bush pilots in Montana and broke into the BP command center while covering the Gulf oil spill. Heller lectures about his personal journey as an adventure journalist and what it means to do what you’ve always wanted to do. He's a born storyteller and he speaks with humor and compelling vividness.

  • Adventure Journalist to Novelist: The (Very) Rough Road Home

    Before Peter Heller wrote his first novel, The Dog Stars, he had a wild career as an award-winning adventure journalist, who, according to Outside Magazine, has been “a participant in some of the most hair-raising expeditions this magazine has covered” over the last 25 years. How did Heller jump from one life to another? How do you write a novel using the material and disciplines you learned in the mountains of Tibet and on eco-pirate ships in Antarctica? Heller will talk about his writing process, about how life never ever goes as planned, and how those opportunities can inform great literature.

  • The Dog Stars

    In this lecture Peter Heller will read from his best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Dog Stars, talk about his writing process, and the disciplines he honed and brought to the writing of the book.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Peter Heller for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Peter Heller, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Peter Heller or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Peter Heller?

    Booking fees for Peter Heller, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Peter Heller, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Peter Heller?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Peter Heller for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Peter Heller for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Peter Heller or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Peter Heller or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Peter Heller

Adventure Writer, Contributor Editor & Novelist

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Peter Heller Biography

Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.At the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, he won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem “The Psalms of Malvine.” In the winter of 2002 he joined, on the ground team, the most ambitious whitewater expedition in history as it made its way through the treacherous Tsangpo Gorge in Eastern Tibet. He chronicled what has been called The Last Great Adventure Prize for Outside, and in his book "Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River."

In December, 2005, on assignment for National Geographic Adventure, he joined the crew of an eco-pirate ship belonging to the radical environmental group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as it sailed to Antarctica to hunt down and disrupt the Japanese whaling fleet. In "The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet’s Largest Mammals," Heller recounts fierce gales, forty foot seas, rammings, near-sinkings and a committed crew’s clear-eyed willingness to die to save a whale.

In the fall of 2007 Heller was invited by the team who made the acclaimed film "The Cove" to accompany them in a clandestine filming mission into the guarded dolphin-killing cove in Taiji, Japan. Heller paddled into the inlet with four other surfers while a pod of pilot whales was being slaughtered. He was outfitted with a helmet cam, and the terrible footage can be seen in the movie. "The Cove" went on to win an Academy Award. Heller wrote about the experience for Men’s Journal.

Heller’s most recent memoir, about surfing from California down the coast of Mexico, "Kook: What Surfing Taught Me about Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave," was published by The Free Press in 2010.

Heller’s debut novel, "The Dog Stars," was published by Knopf in August, 2012. It was the Apple iBooks Novel of the Year, Hudson Booksellers top fiction pick of the Year, and an Atlantic Monthly and San Francisco Examiner Best Book of the Year. It was critically celebrated and a breakout bestseller, and has been published in 18 languages.

His second novel, "The Painter," was released in May, 2014.

Peter Heller Videos

  • Peter Heller on his novel The Dog Stars

Peter Heller Books

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Peter Heller Speaking Topics

  • A Life of Adventure

    For Peter Heller, no story ever went as planned. On his first magazine assignment to the Tibetan Plateau, a fellow whitewater paddler died in his arms. He accompanied radical eco-pirates on a hair raising two month campaign to hunt down a whaling fleet in the icy waters off Antarctica. He learned to fly a plane in three weeks with bush pilots in Montana and broke into the BP command center while covering the Gulf oil spill. Heller lectures about his personal journey as an adventure journalist and what it means to do what you’ve always wanted to do. He's a born storyteller and he speaks with humor and compelling vividness.

  • Adventure Journalist to Novelist: The (Very) Rough Road Home

    Before Peter Heller wrote his first novel, The Dog Stars, he had a wild career as an award-winning adventure journalist, who, according to Outside Magazine, has been “a participant in some of the most hair-raising expeditions this magazine has covered” over the last 25 years. How did Heller jump from one life to another? How do you write a novel using the material and disciplines you learned in the mountains of Tibet and on eco-pirate ships in Antarctica? Heller will talk about his writing process, about how life never ever goes as planned, and how those opportunities can inform great literature.

  • The Dog Stars

    In this lecture Peter Heller will read from his best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Dog Stars, talk about his writing process, and the disciplines he honed and brought to the writing of the book.

FAQs on booking Peter Heller

  • How to book Peter Heller?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Peter Heller for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Peter Heller, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Peter Heller or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Peter Heller?

    Booking fees for Peter Heller, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Peter Heller, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Peter Heller?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Peter Heller for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Peter Heller for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Peter Heller or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Peter Heller or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Peter Heller is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Peter Heller for your event is available upon request. Peter Heller generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are William Deresiewicz, Julie Salamon, Robert K. Massie, Carol Alt and Nicholas Wyman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Peter Heller for an upcoming event.

Peter Heller Speaker Videos

  • Peter Heller on his novel The Dog Stars

Peter Heller Speaking Topics

  • A Life of Adventure

    For Peter Heller, no story ever went as planned. On his first magazine assignment to the Tibetan Plateau, a fellow whitewater paddler died in his arms. He accompanied radical eco-pirates on a hair raising two month campaign to hunt down a whaling fleet in the icy waters off Antarctica. He learned to fly a plane in three weeks with bush pilots in Montana and broke into the BP command center while covering the Gulf oil spill. Heller lectures about his personal journey as an adventure journalist and what it means to do what you’ve always wanted to do. He's a born storyteller and he speaks with humor and compelling vividness.

  • Adventure Journalist to Novelist: The (Very) Rough Road Home

    Before Peter Heller wrote his first novel, The Dog Stars, he had a wild career as an award-winning adventure journalist, who, according to Outside Magazine, has been “a participant in some of the most hair-raising expeditions this magazine has covered” over the last 25 years. How did Heller jump from one life to another? How do you write a novel using the material and disciplines you learned in the mountains of Tibet and on eco-pirate ships in Antarctica? Heller will talk about his writing process, about how life never ever goes as planned, and how those opportunities can inform great literature.

  • The Dog Stars

    In this lecture Peter Heller will read from his best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Dog Stars, talk about his writing process, and the disciplines he honed and brought to the writing of the book.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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