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Internationally Bestselling Thrill & Horror Author; Co-President of International Thriller Writers

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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley.

After unaccountably being rejected by Stanford University, Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology and astronomy before settling down to English literature. After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer and finally manager of publications. Preston also taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University and served as managing editor of Curator, a journal for museum professionals. His eight-year stint at the Museum resulted in the nonfiction book, "Dinosaurs in the Attic," edited by a rising young star at St. Martin's Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child. During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to Preston and said: “This would make the perfect setting for a thriller!” That thriller would, of course, be "Relic."

In 1986, Preston piled everything he owned into the back of a Subaru and moved from New York City to Santa Fe to write full time. After the requisite period of penury, Preston achieved a small success with the publication of "Cities of Gold," a nonfiction book about Coronado's search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. To research the book, Preston and the photographer Walter W. Nelson retraced on horseback 1,000 miles of Coronado's route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars—and nearly killing themselves in the process. Since then he has published other nonfiction books on the history of the American Southwest, "Talking to the Ground" and "The Royal Road."

In the early 1990s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels; "Relic" was the first, followed by several others, including "Riptide," "Thunderhead" and, more recently, "Fever Dream" and "Two Graves." Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in 1997. Preston and Child live 2,000 miles apart and mostly write their books together via telephone, email and the cloud. They co-created one of the most celebrated detectives of modern times, "A.X.L. Pendergast."

Preston has also continued an active career in journalism, contributing to such magazines as the New Yorker, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Harper’s and the Atlantic.

In the year 2000, Preston moved with his family to Florence, Italy, to write a murder mystery set in Tuscany. Instead of writing the novel, however, he became fascinated by the story of a serial killer named il Mostro di Firenze, the Monster of Florence. He teamed up with an Italian journalist, Mario Spezi, who was an expert on the case. In 2008 they published a nonfiction book, "The Monster of Florence," which was a huge bestseller, spending four months on the New York Times list. The book won numerous journalism awards in both Italy and the United States. It is currently under development as a film, starring George Clooney, who will play the part of Preston.

Preston has published a number of solo novels, including "Tyrannosaur Canyon," "Blasphemy" and "Impact." His recent novel with Lincoln Child, "Cold Vengeance," hit No. 1 on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Preston was Co-President of International Thriller Writers and serves on the Board of Governors of the Authors Guild. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Long Rider’s Guild. In 2011, Pomona College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

He counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the early sexologist Robert Latou Dickinson and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He divides his time between New Mexico and Maine.

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Douglas Preston Biography

Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley.

After unaccountably being rejected by Stanford University, Preston attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he studied mathematics, biology, physics, anthropology, chemistry, geology and astronomy before settling down to English literature. After graduating, Preston began his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York as an editor, writer and finally manager of publications. Preston also taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University and served as managing editor of Curator, a journal for museum professionals. His eight-year stint at the Museum resulted in the nonfiction book, "Dinosaurs in the Attic," edited by a rising young star at St. Martin's Press, a polymath by the name of Lincoln Child. During this period, Preston gave Child a midnight tour of the museum, and in the darkened Hall of Late Dinosaurs, under a looming T. Rex, Child turned to Preston and said: “This would make the perfect setting for a thriller!” That thriller would, of course, be "Relic."

In 1986, Preston piled everything he owned into the back of a Subaru and moved from New York City to Santa Fe to write full time. After the requisite period of penury, Preston achieved a small success with the publication of "Cities of Gold," a nonfiction book about Coronado's search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. To research the book, Preston and the photographer Walter W. Nelson retraced on horseback 1,000 miles of Coronado's route across Arizona and New Mexico, packing their supplies and sleeping under the stars—and nearly killing themselves in the process. Since then he has published other nonfiction books on the history of the American Southwest, "Talking to the Ground" and "The Royal Road."

In the early 1990s Preston and Child teamed up to write suspense novels; "Relic" was the first, followed by several others, including "Riptide," "Thunderhead" and, more recently, "Fever Dream" and "Two Graves." Relic was released as a motion picture by Paramount in 1997. Preston and Child live 2,000 miles apart and mostly write their books together via telephone, email and the cloud. They co-created one of the most celebrated detectives of modern times, "A.X.L. Pendergast."

Preston has also continued an active career in journalism, contributing to such magazines as the New Yorker, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Harper’s and the Atlantic.

In the year 2000, Preston moved with his family to Florence, Italy, to write a murder mystery set in Tuscany. Instead of writing the novel, however, he became fascinated by the story of a serial killer named il Mostro di Firenze, the Monster of Florence. He teamed up with an Italian journalist, Mario Spezi, who was an expert on the case. In 2008 they published a nonfiction book, "The Monster of Florence," which was a huge bestseller, spending four months on the New York Times list. The book won numerous journalism awards in both Italy and the United States. It is currently under development as a film, starring George Clooney, who will play the part of Preston.

Preston has published a number of solo novels, including "Tyrannosaur Canyon," "Blasphemy" and "Impact." His recent novel with Lincoln Child, "Cold Vengeance," hit No. 1 on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Preston was Co-President of International Thriller Writers and serves on the Board of Governors of the Authors Guild. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Long Rider’s Guild. In 2011, Pomona College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

He counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the early sexologist Robert Latou Dickinson and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. He divides his time between New Mexico and Maine.

Douglas Preston Videos

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  • Doug Preston Interview - YouTube
  • The Monster of Florence - YouTube

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  • How much does it cost to book Douglas Preston?

    Booking fees for Douglas Preston, 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 Douglas Preston, 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 Douglas Preston?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Douglas Preston 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 Douglas Preston 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 Douglas Preston or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Douglas Preston 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.

Douglas Preston is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Douglas Preston for your event is available upon request. Douglas Preston generally travels from ME, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are James Patterson, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Stephen King and Danielle Steel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Douglas Preston for an upcoming event.

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    Doug Preston Interview - YouTube
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