Neil White has been a newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive and federal prisoner. His memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts (Morrow/HarperCollins), is about the year he lived with the last victims of leprosy in the continental United States, was released in June of 2009. Sanctuary was a finalist in the "Books for a Better Life" Award and was one of three finalists for the 2009 Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" Award. In 2010, the Southeastern Library Association named Mr. White "Outstanding Author of the Year." Foreign language translations have been published in Germany, Croatia and the Netherlands. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays, and teaches memoir writing.