About the Author
Fred Waitzkin is the author of "Searching for Bobby Fischer, " "Mortal Games, The Last Marlin, " and, presently, "The Dream Merchant, " his first novel. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, including "Esquire, " "Forbes, " "New York "magazine, "The New York Times Magazine, " "The New York Times Book Review, " "Outside "magazine, and "Sports Illustrated". Waitzkin lives in New York City with his wife. He spends as much time as possible on the bridge of his old boat trolling baits off distant islands with his family.