ABOUT THE MENTOR: Author & Freelance Writer, Buddy Levy
Buddy Levy is the author of seven books and his work has been featured or reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Kirkus Book Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. He has also appeared frequently on national radio—including The Dennis Prager Show, NPR, and Rudy Maxa's World. He was the co-star, for 25 episodes from 2010-2012, on HISTORY Channel's hit docuseries Brad Meltzer's DECODED, which aired to an average of 1.7 million weekly viewers and is still airing as reruns today.
As a book writer Levy is the author of No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon (with Erik Weihenmayer; Thomas Dunne Books, February, 2017); GERONIMO: Leadership Lessons of An American Warrior (co-authoring with Coach Mike Leach, Simon & Schuster, 2014) and River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon (Bantam Dell, 2011). His other books include the critically acclaimed and Amazon #1 Bestseller Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs (Bantam Dell, 2008); American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett (Putnam, 2005, Berkley Books, 2006); and Echoes On Rimrock: In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge (Pruett, 1998). His books have been published in six languages.
As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle/travel subjects around the world, including working with TV impresario Mark Burnett on numerous Eco-Challenges, and other adventure expeditions in Argentina, Borneo, Europe, Greenland, Morocco, and the Philippines. His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Alaska Beyond Airlines Magazine, Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Couloir, Discover, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, High Desert Journal, Narrative, Poets & Writers, River Teeth, Ski, Sun Valley Magazine, Trail Runner, Utne Reader, TV Guide, and VIA.
His interests are wide-ranging: discovery and adventure, the mountain men, arctic exploration travail, clashes of empires and civilizations, and riveting human stories of survival. He is clinical professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho. He is currently writing Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition (St. Martins, 2019).
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No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon is Buddy's most recent book. It tells the moving story of co-author Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest. No Barriers is the story of Erik's journey since descending Mount Everest: from leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon. No Barriers is a dive into the heart and mind at the core of the turbulent human experience. It is an exploration of the light that burns in all of us, the obstacles that threaten to extinguish that light, and the treacherous ascent towards growth and rebirth.More info