CARI LYNN

PERSONAL BIOGRAPHER

Cari Lynn is the author or co-author of four books of narrative nonfiction and a work of historical fiction. Madam: A Novel of New Orleans (Penguin, 2014) is set in 1897 and based on a real madam. The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice (Palgrave Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, 2011), is the true story of police officer Kathryn Bolkovac, who blew the whistle on a human trafficking ring. The book has been featured on NPR, Fox Business News, and at the United Nations, The Hague, Cornell University, Columbia, Loyola Law School, Brandeis, Vanderbilt, and Brown, and was excerpted in The Guardian magazine. Previously, Cari wrote the book Leg the Spread: A Woman’s Adventures Inside the Trillion-Dollar World of Commodities Trading (Broadway Books/Doubleday, 2004) after spending two years undercover in the vicious, open-outcry trading pits of Chicago. The book received a starred Kirkus review and was featured in numerous publications, from The Economist to Oprah’s Magazine; Cari was interviewed on CNN, PBS and NPR, and the book was optioned for a movie by Fox. Cari’s other books include ghost-writing the story of a doctor who rescued orphans from third-world countries, and the story of a real-life Dr. Doolittle. She has also ghost-edited two celebrity books.

In addition to writing, Cari holds utility and design patents and has been the recipient of product design awards. While receiving her M.A. in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University, Cari worked on Capitol Hill, and she recently completed a fellowship in Business Journalism at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. After a much-loved stint in New York City and over a decade living on Chicago’s lakefront, Cari happily resides in Los Angeles. Her favorite quote, slightly paraphrased from Aldous Huxley, is: “Experience is not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.”

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