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Mark Kurlansky

Author & Historian; Known for "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World"

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Mark Kurlansky Biography

Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He won the 1972 Earplay award for best radio play of the year.

He worked many other jobs including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef.

In the mid 1970s, unhappy with the direction New York theater was taking, he turned to journalism, an early interest–he had been an editor on his high school newspaper. From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He wrote his first book, A Continent of Islands, in 1992 and went on to write several books throughout the 1990s. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His work and contribution to Basque identity and culture was recognized in 2001 when the Society of Basque Studies in America named him to the Basque Hall of Fame. That same year he was awarded an honorary ambassadorship from the Basque government.

In addition to numerous guest lectures at Columbia University School of Journalism, Yale University, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton and various other schools, he has taught a two week creative writing class in Assisi, Italy, a one week intensive non-fiction workshop in Devon, England for the Arvon Foundation, and has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. In Spring 2007 he was the Harman writer-in-residence at Baruch College teaching a fourteen week honors course titled “Journalism and the Literary Imagination.” His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he often illustrates them himself.

He has had 30 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

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Ready For a Brand New Beat: How

Ready For a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Parts

Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Parts

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal,

The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal,

The Last Fish Tale

The Last Fish Tale

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  • What topics does Mark Kurlansky speak about?

    Mark Kurlansky is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Culture, Food, Innovation, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary.
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    Mark Kurlansky generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Mark Kurlansky for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mark Kurlansky for your next private or corporate function.
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Author & Historian; Known for "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World"

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Mark Kurlansky Biography

Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He won the 1972 Earplay award for best radio play of the year.

He worked many other jobs including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef.

In the mid 1970s, unhappy with the direction New York theater was taking, he turned to journalism, an early interest–he had been an editor on his high school newspaper. From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He wrote his first book, A Continent of Islands, in 1992 and went on to write several books throughout the 1990s. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His work and contribution to Basque identity and culture was recognized in 2001 when the Society of Basque Studies in America named him to the Basque Hall of Fame. That same year he was awarded an honorary ambassadorship from the Basque government.

In addition to numerous guest lectures at Columbia University School of Journalism, Yale University, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton and various other schools, he has taught a two week creative writing class in Assisi, Italy, a one week intensive non-fiction workshop in Devon, England for the Arvon Foundation, and has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. In Spring 2007 he was the Harman writer-in-residence at Baruch College teaching a fourteen week honors course titled “Journalism and the Literary Imagination.” His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he often illustrates them himself.

He has had 30 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

Mark Kurlansky Videos

  • Mark Kurlansky on Paper: Paging Through History | 2016 Miami ...
  • Mark Kurlansky - Aquarium Lecture Series - YouTube
  • Mark Kurlansky: 2017 National Book Festival - YouTube

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  • How do I book Mark Kurlansky to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Mark Kurlansky for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Mark Kurlansky, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Mark Kurlansky or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Mark Kurlansky

    Speaking fees for Mark Kurlansky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Mark Kurlansky are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Mark Kurlansky, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Mark Kurlansky speak about?

    Mark Kurlansky is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Culture, Food, Innovation, Journalism, Lifestyle, Literary.
  • Where does Mark Kurlansky travel from?

    Mark Kurlansky generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Mark Kurlansky’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Mark Kurlansky for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mark Kurlansky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Mark Kurlansky or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Mark Kurlansky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mark Kurlansky for your event is available upon request. Mark Kurlansky generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robert Bryce, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Gilbert, Richard Florida and Ken Burns. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mark Kurlansky for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mark Kurlansky Speaker Videos

  • Mark Kurlansky on Paper: Paging Through History | 2016 Miami ...
    Mark Kurlansky - Aquarium Lecture Series - YouTube
  • Mark Kurlansky: 2017 National Book Festival - YouTube
    Author Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia on their New England ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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