More About the Author
NEW: In 2014, I published my first children's book, WILHELMINA GOES WANDERING--based on the true story of a runaway cow in Connecticut. For five months, the Black Angus hung out with a herd of deer, was mistaken for a bull, evaded capture, and was ultimately betrayed by her sweet tooth. Read my reimagined version of the story. Visit www.runawaycowbook.com.
IN THE WORKS: My literary agent is shopping the proposal for a new nonfiction book I plan to write about gay men's resilience and what everyone can learn from it.
BACKGROUND: I started my professional writing career doing book reviews for the national LGBT magazine The Advocate, while I was taking graduate-level writing and publishing classes at Emerson College in Boston. I decided to detour to Chicago instead, for a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University--and then a 22-year career in Washington, D.C., as a freelance journalist focused on health and medicine. I've reported on HIV/AIDS since 1986. My award-winning history of the AIDS epidemic in America, VICTORY DEFERRED, is my most substantial contribution to the literature on HIV/AIDS. In 2011, I released an updated and expanded second edition of VICTORY DEFERRED. All of the interviews and resource materials I used to develop the book are part of the "John-Manuel Andriote VICTORY DEFERRED Collection" curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C.
I also write about cultural trends, LGBT issues, politics, and a wide variety of subjects that interest me. For example, in 2014, I have interviewed renowned microbiologist and HIV 'co-discoverer' Dr. Robert C. Gallo for the Los Angeles Review of Books; written a feature for Earth magazine about geologist Dr. Robert M. Thorson's efforts to preserve New England's historic stone walls; and authored a feature for Pacific Standard magazine about the area where I grew up and live today. That article, "The Other Connecticut, the Other America," trended to the #1 most popular spot in the magazine's Top 10 list.
REVIEWS/AWARDS: Kirkus Reviews called my book VICTORY DEFERRED: HOW AIDS CHANGED GAY LIFE IN AMERICA "The most important AIDS chronicle since Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On." The 1999 University of Chicago Press book won the 2000 Lambda Literary Awards "Editor's Choice" award, was a finalist for the New York Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and was an American Library Association honored book.
Please visit www.jmandriote.com for more information.