Don Lattin is an award-winning author and journalist. His five previously published books include The Harvard Psychedelic Club, a national bestseller that was awarded the California Book Award, Silver Medal, for nonfiction. Lattin's last published work was Distilled Spirits -- Getting High, then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher and a Hopeless Drunk. It's a recovery memoir and a group biography of writer Aldous Huxley, philosopher Gerald Heard and Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. It tells the story of Wilson's experimentation with LSD in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In his forthcoming Changing Our Minds – Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, Lattin builds on the history in Distilled Spirits and Harvard Psychedelic
Club, which charted social movements and early scientific research fueled by these compounds. His research for this new book took him to Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and
a variety of research labs and shamanic circles across the United States. In an effort to better understand these states of consciousness, the author had his own mind-altering
encounters with ayahuasca, psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and 5-MeO- DMT – taking them as a participant/observer in contexts that mirrored the various therapeutic and spiritual settings in which they are used today.