Author Profile

Daniel Bergner

Daniel Bergner

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five books of nonfiction—Sing for Your Life, What Do Women Want?, The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo—as well as a novel, Moments of Favor.  Sing for Your Life was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year.  In the Land of Magic Soldiers received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. God of the Rodeo was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In addition to the New York Times Magazine, Daniel’s writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Talk, and the New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. His writing is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction.

Daniel Bergner grew up in Brooklyn and Seattle, went to college at Brown and currently lives in New York City.

"Daniel Bergner's book Sing for your Life, was chosen as the Community Reads 2016 pick by the the National Writers Series. Bergner's event was the icing on the cake as the culminating event of our 2016 season following authors Margaret Atwood and Ann Patchett. On December 5th, the City Opera House in Traverse City, Michigan, was filled with some 450 music students, educators and fans excited about Sing for your Life. Bergner inspired the audience, discussing both Ryan Speedo Green's journey and his own in writing Ryan's biography. He kept the audience entranced for a full 90 minutes. Bravo!"
-- Anne Stanton, Executive Director, National Writers Series, Traverse, MI

"Daniel Bergner's visit was an immense success. A record number of students attended. It was a pleasure working with BIC to facilitate his visit "
-- Sobia Kahn, Richland College

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What Do Women Really Want? Daniel Bergner at TEDxEast


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