If you need him, Richard Poplak can be found learning to play polo, chasing Big Game in Africa, investigating German sub-sub cultures in Namibia, eating at TGI Fridays in the Middle East, bowling in Kazakhstan, racing Mercedes sports sedans in Russia – all for publications as diverse as The Walrus, THIS Magazine, Toronto Life, The Globe & Mail, CBC.ca Arts Online, Bicycling and Maverick. He works as an occasional roving pop-cultural commentator for CBC Radio’s Q. His first book, the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-era South Africa, is published by Penguin Publishing; his follow-up, entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World, will be on shelves spring, 2009. Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in Canada.