Ariel Sabar's debut book, My Father's Paradise, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His second book, Heart of the City, was called a "beguiling romp" (New York Times) and an "engaging, moving and lively read" (Toronto Star). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Harper's, Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, Mother Jones, and Washingtonian, where he is a contributing editor. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and an award-winning former staff writer for the Providence (RI) Journal, Baltimore Sun and Christian Science Monitor, where he covered the 2008 presidential campaigns. He taught creative writing at The George Washington University and has lectured on the crafts of journalism and memoir at Brown, Johns Hopkins, The University of Maryland-College Park, and Georgetown. He has been interviewed about his books and articles on NPR, PBS NewsHour, the BBC World Service and C-SPAN's Book TV.