HP Newquist

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HP Newquist is an American author whose books cover a wide range of topics, from medicine to music. 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 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:

  • The Book Of Blood, awarded "An Outstanding Science Book for Students K–12: 2013" by the National Science Teachers Association. According to the judging panel: "This will appeal to a wide audience and does a good job of describing many anecdotes about blood—even why the myth of vampires persisted in history." The book was a finalist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Science Books & Films Prize For Excellence In Science", and was included in the organization's Best of 2013 List. It also won the 2014 Magnolia Award, the Children's Choice Award for the State of Mississippi.[6]
  • Here There Be Monsters, nominated upon its release for a New England Booksellers Award
  • The Book Of Chocolate, NSTA Best Stem Books 2018 award winner [7], and a Junior Library Guild selection [8]
  • This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go, with Rich Maloof
  • The Way They Play Series (including Blues Masters, Hard Rock Masters, Metal Masters, Acoustic Masters), with Rich Maloof
  • The Brain Makers
  • Virtual Reality
  • Yahoo! The Ultimate Desk Reference to the Web
  • GUITAR! The Instrument That Rocked The World
  • Legends Of Rock Guitar, with Pete Prown
  • Music & Technology
  • From Here To There: Invention & Impact, NSTA Best Stem Books 2018 award winner, [9] Junior Library Guild selection [10] and VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Award 2018 [11]
  • Space: The Next Business Frontier, with Lou Dobbs
  • Abracadabra: The Story Of Magic Through The Ages
  • The Human Body: Invention & Impact


  1. ^ Archer, Duane (2008-03-05). "About Us". The Trend Machine. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved 2015-08-15.
  2. ^ "IMDB".
  3. ^ "The National GUITAR Museum: About Us".
  4. ^ National Science Teachers Association - NSTA. "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2006". Nsta.org. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Resources for Teens" (PDF). Teenlink.nypl.org. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ "The Magnolia Award". Usm.edu. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/2018BestSTEMBooks.pdf%7C
  8. ^ "The Book of Chocolate: The Amazing Story of the World's Favorite Candy by HP Newquist". Junior Library Guild. June 2017. ISBN 9780670015740. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  9. ^ http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/2018BestSTEMBooks.pdf%7C
  10. ^ "From Here To There: Invention & Impact by HP Newquist". Junior Library Guild. February 2018. ISBN 9780451476456. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  11. ^ http://voyamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NFH-1.pdf%7C

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