Corson, Trevor (1969 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction

Trevor Corson, who was born in July 1969 in Boston, MA, and grew up in Washington, D.C., lived for a couple of years in Southwest Harbor, Maine, working as a lobsterman. He now he lives in New York City. His great-grandfather, a librarian in Boston, used to bring his grandmother to Little Cranberry Island when she was small, and when she got married, she and her husband continued visiting Little Cranberry, eventually buying an old house on the island in 1940.

Corson has worked as a newspaper writer, and a magazine writer and editor, covering such diverse topics as "food ethics, hybrid cars, film, military affairs, organ transplants, Japanese Buddhism, and Chinese politics" for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Nation, among others. Before publishing his bestselling Secret Life of Lobsters, he spent two years studying philosophy in China, three years studying Buddhism in Japan, and two years as a commercial fisherman off the Maine coast. He's a fluent speaker of Chinese and Japanese, a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University with a double major in Religion and East Asian Studies, and an amateur comedian.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Secret Life Of Lobsters: How Fishermen And Scientists Are Unraveling The Mysteries Of Our Favorite Crustacean (2004), which began as an Atlantic Monthly essay and which was named a best nature book of the year by USA Today and Discover
  • Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice (2007), previously titled The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to supermarket, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection and a Zagat Best Food Book of the Year.

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