I met this guy first through TED TV, then I read a couple of his books. He is smart but reachable, witty, funny to read and definitely a very curious mind and creative in his own way. Here is some of his info:
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain’s latest book is titled Religion for Atheists and is published in the Netherlands, Italy, Korea, Turkey and Brazil in 2011 and in the UK, US and other territories in 2012.
Also heck out http://www.theschooloflife.com, a great website to read, enjoy and learn.