Prolific author of novels, stories, and memoirs,
Chester Aaron was born in 1923 in a Pennsylvania
coal-mine town, saw combat in World War II, and
was with the troops that liberated Dachau. Following
publication of his first novel in 1967, he was an x-ray
technician at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA.
joined the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, retiring as a
full professor in 1997. Over the last twenty-five years,
he has become known worldwide for the ninety varieties
of exotic garlic he grows on his farm in Sonoma County.