Peter Lourie is the author of many books for young readers (and two travel memoirs for adults) about exploration, adventure and the environment - most recently Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush (Holt, 2017). His forthcoming Locked in Ice: Nansen's Daring Quest for the North Pole (Holt, January 2019) is a spellbinding biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the pioneer of polar exploration, with a spotlight on his harrowing three-year journey to the top of the world. A true adventurer, Lourie has traveled all over the world to research his subjects, from the cloud forest in Ecuador in search of Inca treasure, to Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya on the Ethiopian border, to Terra del Fuego and the jungles of Rondonia, Brazil. He is also producing multimedia stories for the National Science Foundation about his month-long icebreaker trip in the Canadian Arctic. Lourie holds a BA in classics from New York University, an MA in English Literature from University of Maine, and an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Columbia University. He currently teaches adventure Writing and Digital Storytelling at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he lives with his family.