Stephen P. Kiernan is a journalist and a graduate of Middlebury College, with an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has written two works of nonfiction—Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism—that promote better end-of-life care and civic engagement, and his writing and journalism have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Brechner Center’s Freedom of Information Award, the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, and the George Polk Award. He lives in Vermont with his two sons. The Curiosity is his first novel, and film rights have been bought by 20th Century Fox.