Craig J. Heimbuch is an award-winning journalist, author and digital strategist, leading content development and optimization for Fortune 100 companies around the world. He has reported for newspapers in Ohio, Virginia and the District of Columbia, edited magazines and been the Editor-in-Chief of http://www.ManoftheHouse.com, an online magazine for dads with roughly 1 million monthly readers. He has won awards from the Associated Press and the Virginia Press Association for feature writing and in-depth reporting, as well as a Best Non-Fiction award from the Great Lakes Booksellers’ Association for his first book, “Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry.”
His latest book, And Now We Shall Do Manly Things (Wm. Morrow/HarperCollins, October, 2012), follows his adventures in learning a cherished family pastime – hunting. It is the witty, moving, and insightful story of one man’s quest to free himself from the shackles of his domesticated suburban lifestyle by immersing himself for one year in the hunting culture his family has always cherished. Along the way learns what putting food on the table once entailed, what it means to be a man in America—and discovers that it’s possible to be a committed father, a loving spouse, and a hunter without being mistaken for a gun-toting lunatic. It’s also an exploration of masculinity and what it means to be a man in a post-Women’s Movement world.
Craig’s first book, Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry (Clerisy, June, 2010) was a humorous travel narrative that follows the author’s ill-fated journeys to discover the world that was in his childhood backyard – Lake Erie – and its history, people, and places. Hailed by critics, Heimbuch has been compared favorably with the likes of Bill Bryson, Seymour Krim and “Hunter S. Thompson – without amyl nitrates and Wild Turkey.” He has been featured in newspapers and magazines around Ohio for the book and was the subject of an NPR feature story in Cleveland.
Former Esquire fiction editor and contributor to the New York Times Book Review Will Blythe described Craig as “Exactly what American travel writing needs… helplessly funny, as sweet and unneurotic [sic] as vanilla ice cream and because he reveals that the greatest adventures are often found in the near-at-hand of self and family.”
His dynamic and engaging speaking style reveals his passion for the subjects he covers. Infused with humor, story telling and a complete lack of pretense, Craig’s talks have been described by audiences as being “like the best teacher you ever had.”
A firm believer that one needn’t go far to have an adventure, nor be intrepid to live like a traveler, Craig knows no greater joy than packing the car and driving to points unknown, even if they are close enough to be home for dinner.