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David Grann
Author, The Lost City of Z
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z and New Yorker writer David Grann doesn’t just produce captivating stories—he lives them. Whether crossing the ocean on a skiff or trekking for months through the Amazon, Grann immerses himself in his reporting to give his stories a pace and intensity unlike any other.

Grann’s first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, became a #1 NYT bestseller and has been translated into more than 25 languages. The book interweaves the story of the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett’s 1925 quest to find a fabled civilization and Grann’s own attempt to follow Fawcett’s elusive trail and solve one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. The film adaptation of The Lost City of Z, made by Brad Pitt’s production company, will be released in April 2017.

Calling it one of the best books of 2009, The New York Times raved, “The Lost City of Z is at once a biography, a detective story and a wonderfully vivid piece of travel writing...Mr. Grann treats us to a harrowing reconstruction of Fawcett’s forays into the Amazonian jungle, as well as an evocative rendering of the vanished age of exploration.”

Grann’s next book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, will be released in April 2017 and brings to light one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history. Erik Larson, who wrote The Devil in the White City, said, “Quite simply, this is a remarkable book, by a remarkable author — an exhumation of a shockingly brutal series of historical murders, that I for one knew nothing about. Utterly original; completely compelling.” In its Starred Review by Publishers Weekly, Killers of the Flower Moon was included on the magazine’s Top 10 history books for spring 2017.

Many of Grann’s celebrated New Yorker stories are collected in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. Hailed by Men’s Journal  as one of the best true crime books ever written, this collection displays why critics have called Grann a “worthy heir to Truman Capote." His 2003 New Yorker article, “The Old Man and the Gun,” is the inspiration for an upcoming film involving Robert Redford and Oscar Nominee Casey Affleck.

Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic and the executive editor of The Hill. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.

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The Lost City of Z: Secrets of the Amazon

How discoveries of ancient ruins in the jungle are overturning longstanding assumptions about the environment, civilization, and what the Americas looked like before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. David Grann weaves together a sweeping story of exploration and scientific discovery, including his own search in the jungle for the Lost City of Z.

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The Unlikely Explorer

David Grann, an out-of-shape, desk-bound writer, recounts his adventures searching for a lost city in the jungle and for a giant squid in the depths of the ocean, revealing how anyone can become an explorer and reap the benefits of embracing an adventurous spirit.

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America's Hidden History

David Grann discusses his newest book, Killers of the Flower Moon, about the Osage Indians, who, in the 1920s, became the wealthiest people in the world because of oil under their land in Oklahoma. They were then serially murdered off in one of the most sinister crimes in American history. The case became among the FBI’s first major homicide investigations. The FBI sent in a team of undercover agents, including one of the only Native Americans in the bureau. They eventually caught one of the masterminds. But, as Grann documents, there was deeper and darker conspiracy that the bureau never exposed.

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The Art of Storytelling

Grann, who has been called the “storyteller’s storyteller,” illuminates how the best tales are told and why they are so essential to understanding who we are.        

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Movies: Based on a True Story

Using examples from his own experience with The Lost City of Z, as well as other examples of cinematic adaptions, Grann will explore the interesting intersection of film and history.

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  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
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