Orlando Patterson is a professor of sociology at Harvard University and the author of various works of nonfiction as well as the novels "An Absence of Ruins "and "Die the Long Day." His short stories and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, and two of his short stories have been anthologized. He is the winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for "Freedom and the Making of Western Culture." He holds honorary degrees from several universities, including the University of Chicago, UCLA, and La Trobe University in Australia, and was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica. He lives in Boston.