Andrew Solomon is a writer, activist, and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University; and president of PEN America. Solomon's most recent book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction; the Wellcome Prize; the Green Carnation prize; the J. Anthony Lukas award; the Anisfield-Wolf Award; the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and more than twenty additional national awards. Solomon's previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (2001), won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. He is also the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, a novel, A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine.