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Blaire Briody is an award-winning journalist and the author of The New Wild West (St. Martin's Press/Macmillan), which tells the story of North Dakota's oil boom and how a small town suddenly became the new frontier of U.S. energy independence. The book was the 2016 finalist for the Lukas Work-in-Progress Award from Columbia Journalism School and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, longlisted for The 2018 Chautauqua Prize, and an adapted essay won Proximity Magazine’s Narrative Journalism Prize (selected by Ted Conover). Blaire has written for The New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, Glamour, among others. She received the Richard J. Margolis Award for social justice journalism in 2014, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California.