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Writer Alfred Alcorn speaks about his books and pandemics

Many thanks to writer Alfie Alcorn for doing this terrific interview on The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner! Mr. Alcorn wrote a prescient novel, "Sugar Mountain," about a devastating pandemic, published in 2013, long before anyone had heard of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

Before devoting himself to writing full-time, Mr. Alcorn graduated from Harvard University and worked as a journalist, teacher, and travel director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA. He has authored approximately a dozen novels, including "Sugar Mountain," "Murder in the Museum of Man," "Time is the Fire," and his latest book, "The Evil That White Men Do," published September 21, 2020.

During our 20-minute interview, Alfred and I discussed his motivation for composing a novel about a pandemic, how he approached the necessary medical research, and his passion for writing. More than a simple adventure story, "Sugar Mountain" explores what happens to ordinary human beings when facing the threat of death. When I asked him why he chose this topic, he responded, “The oldest story in human history is survival.”

Mr. Alcorn writes full-time from his home, located near a mountain quite similar to the one in the book. His novels are available on

Alfie can be contacted on his Facebook page:

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