Christopher Hallowell, a writer of various genres, is the author and/or editor of seven books that range from investigative journalism to memoir to profile. Beneficiaries of Deceit is his first a work of fiction. His best-known book is Holding Back the Sea (HarperCollins) about the environmental devastation of the Gulf of Mexico wetlands. Recognized by scientists, environmentalists, policy makers and critics for its comprehensive approach and accessibility, he is a frequent speaker on wetlands and coastal issues. An updated edition of his earlier book, People of the Bayou (Dutton)—also set along the Gulf coast—has been re-issued by Pelican Publishing.
Hallowell also authored Growing Old, Staying Young (Morrow) about gerontological research in medical laboratories across the country. He is also the author of the memoir, Father to the Man (Dutton) about his childhood under an emotionally scarred father and his parenting of his own two children.
He is co-author and co-editor of Listening to Earth (Longman), a collection of writing that focuses on social and cultural issues surrounding environmental conflict; and of Green Perspectives: Thinking and Writing About Nature and the Environment (HarperCollins), which traces American attitudes towards the environment.
He has been on the staffs of numerous magazines as an environmental or science editor and writer and has contributed articles to Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Audubon, Geo, Natural History and The American Scholar.
A professor of journalism at Baruch College (CUNY), he is a graduate of Harvard and received an MS in journalism from Columbia. Hallowell has lived in Peru, Boston, and South Louisiana, all prominent settings in the novel.