Rick Bass, author of Nashville Chrome (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2010), is a Texas native who lived in Arkansas and Mississippi before moving to northwest Montana’s Yaak Valley, where he lives with his wife and daughters. A former petroleum geologist and wildlife biologist, he is the author of sixteen other books, including a short story collection, The Hermit’s Story, and a memoir, Why I Came West. An active environmentalist, Bass is a member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council, working to protect as wilderness the last roadless lands in the Yaak Valley.
James G. Workman began his career as a journalist in Washington, DC, and was a speechwriter in the Clinton administration. He helped launch the report of the World Commission on Dams and spent two years filing monthly dispatches on water scarcity in Africa, work that became a National Public Radio show and documentary. He is now a water consultant to politicians, businesses, aid agencies, development institutions, and conservation organizations on four continents. Workman lives with his wife and children in San Francisco.