Steve Almond is the author of the New York Times bestseller Candyfreak. He has also written the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the novel Which Brings Me to You (with Julianna Baggott), and the memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life. Almond is a prominent figure in Boston's literary scene, participating in many events and promoting local independent booksellers. God Bless America is his most recent story collection.