My name is Chip Brantley. I wrote The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot (Bloomsbury) and am at work on a second book of nonfiction called The Pistachio Wars. I have contributed to many publications, including Slate, Gourmet, Gastronomica and the Oxford American. I produced an NYT op-doc about James J. Reeb and am co-directing a documentary about a man who was released from prison after spending 30 years on Alabama’s death row. I’m a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins Graduate Writing Seminars, and now I work as the senior lecturer in emerging media in the department of journalism at the University of Alabama.

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