Welcome to the home base of Ishmael, the extraordinary gorilla teacher,
and his creator, author Daniel Quinn.

This is the rebirth of a site that grew and developed over many years following the publication of Ishmael.
It’s a virtual library of all things relating to the teacher, the book, and the author.

Here you’ll discover answers to questions that have been asked again and again:

Why a gorilla as teacher?
How do I explain to my friends what Ishmael is about?
Why is the teacher called Ishmael?
What can I as one individual do to help save the world?
Who or what is B?

This site is Daniel Quinn’s gift to all of you and his legacy – in books, essays, and speeches;
in podcasts, video, and print interviews; and in answers to hundreds of questions asked by readers around the world.

Daniel Quinn 1935 – 2018

Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn
The Story of B, a novel by Daniel Quinn
My Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn
Beyond Civilization, a novel by Daniel Quinn
Providence, a novel by Daniel Quinn

NEW! Ishmael Audio Books!

The NEW unabridged audio editions of “Ishmael,” “The Story of B,” and “My Ishmael”
are available NOW to order from Penguin Random House.

Ishmael is read by Kirby Heyborne.
 Morgan Freeman reads the Foreword and Afterword that Daniel wrote for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Ishmael!
The Story of B is read by MacLeod Andrews and includes all of B’s lectures. I know! Amazing!
My Ishmael is read by Emma Galvin, a dead-ringer for the teenage Julie!

Click on the titles below to order your copies today from Penguin Random House:

Ishmael   •   The Story of B   •   My Ishmael

Listen to the audio excerpts from each book: