Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author and (semi) fearless immersion reporter who combines lively narrative with deep research to understand and bring to light subcultures within our midst. At the intersection of cultural anthropology, literary journalism and oral history, her work has explored everything from the seemingly romantic but oh-so-gritty world of ballet to the over-hyped ageist world of “anti-aging,” from the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship to the surprisingly vibrant world of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Her work-in-progress focuses on the hidden world of incarceration and the reality of life behind bars. Her books have been BookSense selections, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestsellers, Wall Street Journal and People magazine “best” selections, Pacific Northwest Book Award winners and Oregon Book Award winners.