NATE PEDERSEN is a librarian, historian, and writer in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything with Lydia Kang, published by Workman, which NPR dubbed a best science book of 2017. His next book with Lydia Kang is entitled Patient Zero: A Brief History of the Science and Stories Behind the World’s Worst Disease, which will be published by Workman in September, 2021.

Nate also edited the Lovecraftian anthology The Starry Wisdom Library, published by PS in 2015. His next Lovecraftian anthology, Sisterhood, will be published by Chaosium in 2021.  A follow-up to the Starry Wisdom Library, entitled The Dagon Collection, is slated for 2021 or 2022 from PS.


Nate is the Collection Development and Merchandising Librarian Supervisor with Hillsboro Public Library in the Portland metropolitan area. Previously, he was the Silverstone Branch Manager with IMLS award-winning Meridian Library District  in Idaho, and, before that, a Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon. He also serves on the Oregon Heritage Trees Committee.

 Nate’s nonfiction has appeared in Mental FlossThe GuardianTrail RunnerThe Art of Manliness, Powell’s Books and The Believer. He is the Wednesday blogger with Fine Books & Collections, where he is responsible for the Bright Young Things series (Booksellers / Librarians / Collectors). [Suggestions for series always welcome, contact below].

Nate also lectures on historical topics around the Pacific Northwest. Current bookable lectures:

Nate currently divides time between Portland and Bend.  His interests include reading, running, dogs, birds, farms, old trees, 19th century living history, ancient trackways in Britain, Irish folk music, and road trips.

Contact information:

Nate is represented by Myers Literary Management

For QUACKERY or PATIENT ZERO publicity requests, including interviews, appearances, speaking engagements, and review copies, please contact:

Chloe Puton, Director of Publicity
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381

Anything else? E-mail: here or mellingsather[at]gmail[dot]com