NATE PEDERSEN is an award-winning writer, historian, and special collections manager in Savannah, Georgia. With Lydia Kang, M. D. he is the co-author of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything (Workman, 2017), Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases (Workman, 2021), and the forthcoming Pseudoscience: A Strange History of How Not to Think (Workman, 2024). Nate and Lydia’s books have been published in 12 languages around the world.

NPR dubbed Quackery a best science book of 2017 and Publishers Weekly gave Patient Zero a starred review, stating “Readers will be swept away by this energetic and enlightening survey.” Patient Zero won the 2022 Nebraska Book Award for popular nonfiction.

As collaborative art projects, Nate edited the Lovecraftian anthologies The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time, (PS, 2014) and Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories (Chaosium, 2021). A follow-up to The Starry Wisdom Library, entitled The Dagon Collection, is upcoming in 2022 from PS Publishing. Nate also contributed a story to The Leaves of a Necronomicon edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Nate’s nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including Lapham’s Quarterly, Mental FlossThe Guardianand The Believer. He is a regular contributor with Fine Books & Collections, where he is responsible for the Bright Young Things series (featuring Booksellers / Librarians / Collectors). [Suggestions for series always welcome; contact below].

Nate is the Manager of Archival and Reference Team at Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, where he supervises a team of six and is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Research Center as well as ensuring the provision of high-quality reference services to patrons. A native of Minnesota, he has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Nate is also a member of The Grolier Club.


Nate is represented by Eric Myers of 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, an imprint of Workman Publishing, Hachette Book Group
225 Varick St. | NY, NY 10014 | (212) 614-5634 |

Signed copies of any of Nate’s books are available from The Book Lady Bookstore in historic downtown Savannah.

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

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