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James Dodson was an award-winning regular columnist for Golf Magazine for almost 20 years and travel editor for Departures Magazine,

James Dodson was an award-winning regular columnist for Golf Magazine for almost 20 years and travel editor for Departures Magazine, American Express's flagship travel magazine, for a decade. A former Senior Writer for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution Sunday Magazine and Yankee Magazine, his public affairs and political writing has won numerous national awards including the William Allen White Award for Public Affairs Journalism given by the University of Kansas.

His non-golf work has appeared in Gentlemen's Quarterly, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Travel and Leisure, Town and Country, Reader's Digest, Geo, Outside Magazine, and numerous other national publications. In addition, he has won several Golf Writers of America Awards for columns in Golf Magazine, for whom he has worked almost two decades.

His books, Final Rounds and Faithful Travelers, were bestsellers with Final Rounds selling 300,000 copies worldwide, in several languages, since publication. Final Rounds also received the International Network of Golf's industry honors award for Best Golf Book of 1996. Both Final Rounds, and Faithful Travelers are currently being produced for film. Mr. Dodson's book, A Golfer's Life (1999) - the autobiography of Arnold Palmer - was a New York Times bestseller. His bestselling book, The Dewsweepers, was released in late 2001, followed by The Road to Somewhere - Travels with a Young Boy through an Old World, in November 2003. Ben Hogan: An American Life, the authorized biography of Ben Hogan, was released in the summer of 2004, earning strong international acclaim. His latest book, Beautiful Madness - One Man's Journey Through Other People's Gardens, was published in March of 2006.

A father of two, he divides his time between Maine and North Carolina and is currently Writer-in-Residence at The Pilot Newspaper in Southern Pines, North Carolina. He is also presently serving as Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where he teaches advanced writing.

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