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David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include “The Song of the Dodo,” “The Reluctant Mr. Darwin” and “Spillover.” He writes op-ed pieces for The New York Times, and his articles and essays have been featured in publications such as Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Esquire, The Atlantic, Powder and Rolling Stone. Quammen has received several National Magazine Awards, a Science and Society Book Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2014, he elaborated on a section of his book “Spillover” to create the informative “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus.” His latest work, “The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged From an African Forest” (Norton), also expands on “Spillover” by mapping in detail the historical development of AIDS over the past three decades.

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David Quammen

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