Deborah Baker is the author of In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, as well as A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, a narrative account of the impact of India on the American imagination published by Penguin Books in 2007. While a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she researched and wrote both of these books as well as her latest, The Convert: A Fable of Islam and America.