Edward Cohen, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, was head writer and executive producer for Mississippi Educational Television. His documentaries there include Good Mornin' Blues with B.B. King, Passover and Hanukkah, narrated by Ed Asner, and The Islander, with James Best, all broadcast nationally by PBS.
The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi, 1999; Bantam Dell, 2002) received the state’s highest literary awards: the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Nonfiction, and the Author’s Award from the Mississippi Library Association. Cohen's memoir was twice selected to be featured on Book Sense, the top recommendations of independent booksellers nationwide.
Cohen moved to South America in 2009 and now resides in Vilcabamba, a noted backpacker’s stop in the Ecuadorian Andes. He lives on a mountain with his wife, Kathy, three dogs, and two pet burros, Josephine and Jasmine.
Kathy Cohen has shared in Edward’s writing career, editing his two previous books, and co-writing their screenplays Imminent Peril, optioned by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Blood Relations, and Reckless Pursuit. She is currently working on a memoir about leaving Los Angeles for an Andean pueblo, Livin’ Large in Vilcabamba.
New Orleans is one of their passions--for food and mood--Kathy having lived there as a child while her father attended Tulane Law School. Edward's father also attended Tulane, and Edward is a lawyer.
Initially a screenplay, Blood Relations was championed by Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and the Cohens spent five years transforming it into a novel.