Writer/photographer Dale Smith is the author of “Alice’s World,” an environmental fiction series for juvenile and young adult readers. His first book, “What the Parrot Told Alice,” was published in 1996 to rave reviews. His second book, “What the Orangutan Told Alice,” published in October 2001, also received high praise from the environmental community. A third book, “What the Tortoise Told Alice,” was published in September 2015.
To research “What the Orangutan Told Alice,” Smith traveled to Indonesian Borneo on three separate occasions to study and photograph orangutans. His book is illustrated with over thirty of his photographs.
Smith has been a photographer since the late 1960s. As a student at the California College of Arts and Crafts, he documented the counter culture movement in San Francisco Bay Area. He also photographed many of the Beat poets and early rock musicians who shaped the 1960s, including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Phillip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Jim Morrison.
Inspired by the birth of his daughter Alice in 1991, Smith set aside his career as an advertising creative director to focus his on writing books that he hopes will inspire young readers to become involved in helping save endangered species and make the earth a better place for all living things.
Smith lives with in Nevada City, California with his Scottish terrier, Cooper.