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|Born||Utica, New York|
|Occupation||Writer, musician, museum director|
|Notable works||The Book Of Blood
The Brain Makers
The Book Of Chocolate
|Notable awards||NSTA Best Stem Books; Bank Street College Of EducationThe Best Children's Books Of The Year|
HP Newquist is an American author whose books cover a wide range of topics, from medicine and music to technology and terror. He has also worked as an editor, musician, industry analyst, and video director.
In the 1980s, Newquist was an advanced technology business analyst in the artificial intelligence industry. He was editor and publisher of Artificial Intelligence Trends for ten years, earning him the title "Dean of AI". During this time, he was also a columnist for several high technology publications, including Computerworld, Expert Systems Journal, and AI Expert magazine. Newquist was the chairman of the Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Technology Conference 1987 and the Society For Machine Intelligence's Expert Systems Conference 1987. The AI timeline he developed for his book The Brain Makers is frequently cited as a map of the rise and fall of the artificial intelligence industry.
During the 1990s, Newquist was the editor-in-chief of Guitar Magazine, and wrote the Disney Channel documentary episode Going Home featuring Robbie Robertson of The Band. He also directed A Portrait, a documentary featuring John Denver. Newquist’s writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Billboard, Newsweek, New York Press, Datamation, InTune, Computer Business Review, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, and Gulf Air. He has been a featured speaker at numerous events in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Apart from his writing, he is founder—and currently oversees the development—of The National Guitar Museum (NGM), the first museum dedicated to the evolution and cultural impact of the guitar, which was unveiled in August 2010. The NGM's traveling exhibits, "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" and "Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR," have been touring the United States since 2011 and have been installed in more than forty separate museum locations.
Newquist’s books include both works of fiction and non-fiction. They include the award-winning The Great Brain Book: An Inside Look At The Inside Of Your Head, cited as an outstanding science book by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. His 2012 book, The Book Of Blood, was a finalist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Science Books & Films Prize For Excellence In Science". His book For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever, with Marc Aronson, was selected as a singular book for "The Teen Age" by the New York Public Library. In 2018, the NSTA and CBC awarded two of his books as among the best 21 STEM books of the year. Among his titles are:
- The Book Of Blood, awarded "An Outstanding Science Book for Students K–12: 2013" by the National Science Teachers Association. According to the judging panel: "This will appeal to a wide audience and does a good job of describing many anecdotes about blood—even why the myth of vampires persisted in history." The book was a finalist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Science Books & Films Prize For Excellence In Science", and was included in the organization's Best of 2013 List. It also won the 2014 Magnolia Award, the Children's Choice Award for the State of Mississippi.
- Here There Be Monsters, nominated upon its release for a New England Booksellers Award
- The Book Of Chocolate, NSTA Best Stem Books 2018 award winner, and a Junior Library Guild selection
- This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go, with Rich Maloof
- The Way They Play Series (including Blues Masters, Hard Rock Masters, Metal Masters, Acoustic Masters), with Rich Maloof
- The Brain Makers
- Virtual Reality
- Yahoo! The Ultimate Desk Reference to the Web
- GUITAR! The Instrument That Rocked The World
- Legends Of Rock Guitar, with Pete Prown
- Music & Technology
- From Here To There: Invention & Impact, NSTA Best Stem Books 2018 award winner, Junior Library Guild selection and VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Award 2018
- Space: The Next Business Frontier
- Abracadabra: The Story Of Magic Through The Ages
- The Human Body: Invention & Impact, The Best Children's Books Of The Year 2016 award winner, Center For Children's Literature, Bank Street College Of Education
His first novel, BEHEMOTH, a tale of suspense and terror, was published by Bloodshot Books in Fall 2019. According to The Horror Review, "BEHEMOTH is old-school gothic horror, historical horror mixed with modern-world superstitions and prejudices, and that makes things that much more chilling. Newquist has created a fine horror novel that dares to be called literary/historical fiction and entertains the reader from start to finish." Cemetery Dance magazine wrote that "BEHEMOTH is a thriller-style creature feature . . . Newquist is a great writer."
- Led Zeppelin On Led Zeppelin (Chicago Review Press, 2014)
- Bowie On Bowie (Chicago Review Press, 2015)
- Eddie Van Helen (Neil Zlozower, Chronicle Books, 2012)
- CYBERLIFE (Pearson/SAMS, 1994)
- VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Award 2018 (From Here To There: Invention & Impact)
- NSTA Best Stem Books 2018 (The Book Of Chocolate)
- NSTA Best Stem Books 2018 (From Here To There: Invention & Impact)
- Best Children's Books Of The Year 2018, Center For Children's Literature 2X (The Book Of Chocolate, From Here To There: Invention & Impact)
- Best Children's Books Of The Year 2016, Center For Children's Literature (The Human Body: Invention & Impact)
- Magnolia Award 2014 (The Book Of Blood)
- AAAS Science Books & Films Prize For Excellence In Science, Best Of 2013 (The Book Of Blood)
- NSTA Outstanding Science Book for Students: 2013 (The Book Of Blood)
- New York Public Library "Books For The Teen Age”: 2008 (For Boys Only)
- NSTA Outstanding Science Book for Students: 2006 (The Great Brain Book)
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