Elizabeth Royte is the author of Garbage Land (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2005), The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 2001), and Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It (a "Best of" or "Top 10" book of 2008 in Entertainment Weekly, Seed and Plenty magazines).
Royte's articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Nation, Outside, Smithsonian, and other magazines. Her work has been featured in the Best American Science Writing 2004 and the Best American Science Writing 2009. Royte is a former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and a recipient of Bard College's John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Royte lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Praise for Bottlemania
“Lively investigative journalism.” – Kirkus
“Like her previous book, Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, this tautly paced volume more closely resembles a travel narrative than a tree-hugging jeremiad.” – Mark Coleman, The Los Angeles Times
The New York Times, Distilled From Water, Designer or Tap: High Anxiety, Michiko Kakutani, July 18, 2008
Praise for Garbage Land
“Garbage has found its poet, and her name is Elizabeth Royte. In her new book, Garbage Land, America’s trash trucks, waste treatment facilities, landfills, and compost heaps, as well as her san men, haulers, bureaucrats, suspiciously taciturn landfill operators, and oddly evangelistic environmentalists, are lavished with the attention of a thorough, perceptive, graceful, and often witty writer.” – Jamie Malanowski, Washington Monthly
The New York Times, 'Garbage Land': Trash Talk, Neil Genzlinger, July 10, 2005
NPR Interview, July 18, 2005
Praise for The Tapir's Morning Bath
"An intriguing story of time spent with the field scientists of Panama's Barro Colorado Island... A finely drawn chronicle of fieldwork, with an appealing moral edge." – Kirkus
“By turns comic and poetic, the book delivers the pleasures of a long, meandering excursion, in which the act of observing is its own reward.” – The New Yorker