Lawrence Coates grew up in El Cerrito, California. Before beginning college, Dr. Coates served in the Coast Guard and in the Merchant Marine, sailing aboard buoy tenders, oil tankers, and oceanographic research vessels. He holds a B.A. from The University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He recently published his third novel, The Garden of the World. His two previous novels are The Master of Monterey and The Blossom Festival, which was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover series. He has been the recipient of the Western States Book Award in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.
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