Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winning science writer and the author of five books, mostly recently The Poisoner’s Handbook, a New York Times best seller. Her previous books include Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death and Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection. She writes for publications including The New York Times, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and New Scientist, and blogs about chemistry and culture for the Public Library of Science blog network at Speakeasy Science. A long time newspaper science writer, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting in 1992 for a series of stories on ethical issues in primate research. She currently teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin where she is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and a very affectionate rescue labrador.