Sam Elworthy grew up on a farm in South Canterbury and went to university in Dunedin where he edited the student newspaper and wrote a book about student life, Ritual Song of Defiance: A Social History of Students at the University of Otago. He spent 15 years in the United States completing a PhD in history, then publishing books and also led the editorial team as Editor-in-Chief at Princeton University Press, arriving back in New Zealand in 2007. He lives in Devonport and is the director of Auckland University Press (AUP). He joined the Michael King Writers’ Studio Trust in 2009 and became chairman of the trust in 2010. He is currently president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand.