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Journalist & Author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic"

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Sam Quinones Biography

Sam Quinones (pronounced Kin-YOH-Ness) is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, a reporter for 35 years, and author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, the border.

He is formerly a reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years. Before that, he made a living as a freelance writer residing in Mexico for a decade (1994-2004).

His latest book, released in November, 2021, is "The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth."

In "The Least of Us," Quinones chronicles the emergence of a drug-trafficking world producing massive supplies of synthetic drugs (fentanyl and meth) cheaper and deadlier than ever, marketing to the population of addicts created by the nation's opioid epidemic, as the backdrop to tales of Americans’ quiet attempts to recover community through simple acts of helping the vulnerable.

With "The Least of Us," Quinones broke the story of how the methamphetamine now produced in Mexico has covered the U.S. and is creating widespread and rapid-onset symptoms of schizophrenia, becoming in the process a major driver in the country’s the homeless problem.

In January 2022, "The Least of Us" was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2021.

"The Least of Us" follows his landmark "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" (Bloomsbury, 2015), which ignited awareness of the epidemic that has cost the United States hundreds of thousands of lives and become deadliest drug scourge in the nation’s history.

"Dreamland" won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015. It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University.

In 2021, GQ Magazine selected "Dreamland" as one of the “50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century”

"Dreamland" was selected as one the Best 10 True-Crime Books of all time based on lists, surveys, and ratings of more than 90 million Goodread.com readers. In 2019, Slate.com selected Dreamland as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years.

For "Dreamland," Quinones has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Health Committee, numerous professional conferences of judges, doctors, librarians, hospital administrators and at more than two-dozen town hall meetings in small towns across the country.

A Young Adult version of "Dreamland" – for 7th through 12th graders -- was released in July of 2019.

His first two books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).

"True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx" was released in 2001. It is a cult classic of a book from Mexico’s vital margins – stories of drag queens and Oaxacan Indian basketball players, popsicle makers and telenovela stars, migrants, farm workers, a narcosaint, a slain drug balladeer, a slum boss, and a doomed tough guy.

In 2007, he came out with "Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration." In it, Quinones narrates the saga of the Henry Ford of Velvet Painting, and of how an opera scene emerged in Tijuana, and how a Zacatecan taco empire formed in Chicago. He tells the tale of the Tomato King, of a high-school soccer season in Kansas, and of Mexican corruption in a small L.A. County town. Threading through the book are three tales of Delfino Juarez, a modern Mexican Huck Finn. Quinones ends the collection in a chapter called "Leaving Mexico" with his harrowing tangle with the Narco-Mennonites of Chihuahua.

Dagoberto Gilb, reviewing "Antonio’s Gun" in the San Francisco Chronicle, called him “the most original writer on Mexico and the border.”

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  • DREAMLAND: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here

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The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Antonio's Gun And Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

Antonio's Gun And Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

True Tales from Another Mexico

True Tales from Another Mexico

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  • Journalist, author Sam Quinones to speak at Festival of Ideas

    Before writing his latest book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” Sam Quinones spent a lot of time writing about a place he later found out had a lot to do with the problem: Mexico. Quinones, the featured speaker for West Virginia University’s David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas this year, was a freelance writer there from 1994 until 2004, focusing on...

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    Speaking fees for Sam Quinones, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Sam Quinones charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The 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 Sam Quinones, 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 Sam Quinones?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sam Quinones 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 Sam Quinones for your next private or corporate function.
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Journalist & Author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic"

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Sam Quinones Biography

Sam Quinones (pronounced Kin-YOH-Ness) is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, a reporter for 35 years, and author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, the border.

He is formerly a reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years. Before that, he made a living as a freelance writer residing in Mexico for a decade (1994-2004).

His latest book, released in November, 2021, is "The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth."

In "The Least of Us," Quinones chronicles the emergence of a drug-trafficking world producing massive supplies of synthetic drugs (fentanyl and meth) cheaper and deadlier than ever, marketing to the population of addicts created by the nation's opioid epidemic, as the backdrop to tales of Americans’ quiet attempts to recover community through simple acts of helping the vulnerable.

With "The Least of Us," Quinones broke the story of how the methamphetamine now produced in Mexico has covered the U.S. and is creating widespread and rapid-onset symptoms of schizophrenia, becoming in the process a major driver in the country’s the homeless problem.

In January 2022, "The Least of Us" was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2021.

"The Least of Us" follows his landmark "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" (Bloomsbury, 2015), which ignited awareness of the epidemic that has cost the United States hundreds of thousands of lives and become deadliest drug scourge in the nation’s history.

"Dreamland" won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015. It was also selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon.com, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate, Prof. Angus Deaton, of Princeton University.

In 2021, GQ Magazine selected "Dreamland" as one of the “50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century”

"Dreamland" was selected as one the Best 10 True-Crime Books of all time based on lists, surveys, and ratings of more than 90 million Goodread.com readers. In 2019, Slate.com selected Dreamland as one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years.

For "Dreamland," Quinones has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Health Committee, numerous professional conferences of judges, doctors, librarians, hospital administrators and at more than two-dozen town hall meetings in small towns across the country.

A Young Adult version of "Dreamland" – for 7th through 12th graders -- was released in July of 2019.

His first two books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).

"True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx" was released in 2001. It is a cult classic of a book from Mexico’s vital margins – stories of drag queens and Oaxacan Indian basketball players, popsicle makers and telenovela stars, migrants, farm workers, a narcosaint, a slain drug balladeer, a slum boss, and a doomed tough guy.

In 2007, he came out with "Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration." In it, Quinones narrates the saga of the Henry Ford of Velvet Painting, and of how an opera scene emerged in Tijuana, and how a Zacatecan taco empire formed in Chicago. He tells the tale of the Tomato King, of a high-school soccer season in Kansas, and of Mexican corruption in a small L.A. County town. Threading through the book are three tales of Delfino Juarez, a modern Mexican Huck Finn. Quinones ends the collection in a chapter called "Leaving Mexico" with his harrowing tangle with the Narco-Mennonites of Chihuahua.

Dagoberto Gilb, reviewing "Antonio’s Gun" in the San Francisco Chronicle, called him “the most original writer on Mexico and the border.”

Sam Quinones Speaking Topics

  • DREAMLAND: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here

Sam Quinones Videos

  • Sam Quinones, Journalist and Social Issues Speaker
    To book Sam Quinones for your next event, please contact [email protected]. And for more information about Sam Quinones (including expanded bio,...
  • Sam Quinones: America's Opiate Addiction
    Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, and author of the enthralling book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. Dreamland won...
  • #YOULIVE 168 - Dreamland's Sam Quinones
    Dreamland author Sam Quinones shares his insight about the current opioids crisis based on the years of research he did for the book. Dreamland...

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  • How to book Sam Quinones?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sam Quinones for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sam Quinones, 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 Sam Quinones or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sam Quinones?

    Speaking fees for Sam Quinones, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Sam Quinones charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The 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 Sam Quinones, 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 Sam Quinones?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sam Quinones for clients worldwide for more than 20 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 Sam Quinones 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 Sam Quinones or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sam Quinones 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.

Sam Quinones is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as DREAMLAND: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sam Quinones for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Sam Quinones generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dan Schneider, Anna Escobedo Cabral, Shayla Rivera, Ryan Hampton and J.R. Martinez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sam Quinones for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sam Quinones Speaking Topics

  • DREAMLAND: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here

Sam Quinones Speaker Videos

  • Sam Quinones, Journalist and Social Issues Speaker
    To book Sam Quinones for your next event, please contact [email protected]. And for more information about Sam Quinones (including expanded bio, program outlines, more videos, speaking fees,...
    Sam Quinones: America's Opiate Addiction
    Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, and author of the enthralling book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. Dreamland won a National Book Critics Circle award for the Best...
  • #YOULIVE 168 - Dreamland's Sam Quinones
    Dreamland author Sam Quinones shares his insight about the current opioids crisis based on the years of research he did for the book. Dreamland chronicles how the marketing of prescription drug...

Sam Quinones News

  • Journalist, author Sam Quinones to speak at Festival of Ideas

    Before writing his latest book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” Sam Quinones spent a lot of time writing about a place he later found out had a lot to do with the problem: Mexico. Quinones, the featured speaker for West Virginia University’s David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas this year, was a freelance writer there from 1994 until 2004, focusing on...

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