Steve Almond is the author of 10 books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto. His memoir Candyfreak was a New York Times bestseller. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent story collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His reviews and journalism have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Book Review, the Washington Post and elsewhere.