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John Gaudet (BwanaPapyrus)

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A Fulbright Scholar to both India and Malaya, John Gaudet is a writer and practicing ecologist. His early research on the ancient aquatic plant, papyrus, funded in part by the National Geographic Society, took him to Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, and many other places in Africa where papyrus grows. His work has been discussed in Nature, and by Peter Moore on the BBC show Science Now, and in an article by Alan Cowell in the New York Times.

Book Clubs - Invite him, he'll come! Or find him on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and jjgaudet@aol.com. He also gives a workshop on “Papyrus and the Origin of Books” at libraries, clubs and local craft organizations.

Known on MySpace as “Bwana Papyrus,” (or bwanapapyrus on Twitter) he came by his name honestly in Africa while working in the swamps along the Nile River.

He is a trained ecologist with a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley and is the author of many scientific papers on the ecology and development of papyrus swamps.

Of his earlier books, The Iron Snake, historical fiction, a novel about a railroad in Africa that affected millions of people, and Island of Pigs, a thriller set on an island in the South China Sea, are both available on www.amazon.com. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post and local magazines, and online, American Chronicle and HubPages.com.

Get on board early with my new book on papyrus to be published by Pegasus in June 2014, called The Plant That Changed the World, now available for pre-order on Amazon.com at: http://tinyurl.com/goodreed

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