HP Newquist

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HP Newquist
Born Utica, New York
OccupationWriter, musician, museum director
Notable worksThe Book Of Blood
The Brain Makers
The Book Of Chocolate
Notable awards NSTA Best Stem Books; Bank Street College Of EducationThe Best Children's Books Of The Year

HP Newquist is an American author whose books cover a wide range of topics, from medicine and music to technology and terror. He has also worked as an editor, musician, industry analyst, and video director.



In the 1980s, Newquist was an advanced technology business analyst in the artificial intelligence industry. He was editor and publisher of Artificial Intelligence Trends for ten years, earning him the title "Dean of AI". [1] During this time, he was also a columnist for several high technology publications, including Computerworld , Expert Systems Journal, and AI Expert magazine. The AI timeline he developed for his book The Brain Makers is frequently cited as a map of the rise and fall of the artificial intelligence industry.

During the 1990s, Newquist was the editor-in-chief of Guitar Magazine, and wrote the Disney Channel documentary episode Going Home featuring Robbie Robertson. He also directed A Portrait, a documentary featuring John Denver. [2]

Apart from his writing, he is founder [3] —and currently oversees the development—of The National Guitar Museum, the first museum dedicated to the evolution and cultural impact of the guitar, which was unveiled in August 2010. The museum's traveling exhibit, "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World", has been touring the United States since 2011.


Newquist’s books include both works of fiction and non-fiction. They include the award-winning The Great Brain Book: An Inside Look At The Inside Of Your Head, cited as an outstanding science book by the National Science Teachers Association [4] and the Children's Book Council. His 2012 book, The Book Of Blood, was a finalist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Science Books & Films Prize For Excellence In Science". His book For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever , with Marc Aronson, was selected as a singular book for "The Teen Age" by the New York Public Library. [5] In 2018, the NSTA and CBC awarded two of his books as among the best 21 STEM books of the year. Among his titles are:

HIs first novel, Behemoth, a tale of suspense and terror, was published by Bloodshot Books in Fall 2019.


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