Malcolm Gladwell (born September 3, 1963) is a Canadian journalist now based in New York City who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.
He is best known as the author of the bestseller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
Gladwell's English father taught at the University of Waterloo; his mother is a psychotherapist and Jamaican-born. Though born in the United Kingdom, he was raised in Elmira, Ontario, and graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto in 1984. From 1987 to 1996, he was a science writer, and later the New York bureau chief, for the Washington Post. Gladwell currently lives in New York City.
Several of Gladwell's feature stories have achieved significant standing with the public over the years and according to an article in New Scientist by Stephen Thanabalan, Gladwell has effectively fostered a strong audience following for his work, which highlights issues that tread the ostensibly disparate areas of sociology, psychology and human communications before intertwining it with processing trends in areas consisting of business, society, politics, technology, or consumer behavior in an encompassing generic social commentary.
In 2005, Gladwell published his second book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. His writing often deals with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences, particularly sociology and psychology.
In November 2005 Leonardo DiCaprio bought the rights of the book "Blink" from Gladwell for USD$1 Million. Gladwell is reported to be a part of the new film as advisor with another writer scheduled to write a screenplay on the basis of this book.