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Bestselling Author David Grann to Speak at Covenant April 9

David Grann

The third New Yorker staff member in two years is visiting Covenant College on April 9, 2010. 


Bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer David Grann will speak at Covenant at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanderson Hall auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


Grann is the author of The Lost City of Z, which as of March 31 is listed at #7 on the New York Times paperback nonfiction best seller list. The book retraces 20th-century explorer Percy Fawcett's mission to discover a lost city in the Amazon. Brad Pitt bought the film rights to The Lost City of Z, and the movie is currently in production.


Covenant's Student Senate, with assistance from student James Harrison '10, invited Grann to campus. "As one of the most highly respected long-form journalists in America today," says Harrison, "Grann's talent lies in the nonfiction narrative. His stories have tackled topics that range from secret water tunnel systems in New York to Polish murder mysteries to scientists on the hunt for a giant squid--all of them hinging on the common theme of obsession. . . . The fact that we were able to land him is pretty remarkable."   


Grann's essay "Trial by Fire," a probing look into the story of a man executed for murdering his children by setting their house on fire, was dubbed by columnist David Brooks as the most powerful essay he read in 2009.


Grann's most recent book is The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession.


Hendrik Hertzberg, a New Yorker senior editor, and Sasha Frere-Jones, a music critic for The New Yorker, spoke at Covenant in December 2008 and April 2009, respectively.


The views expressed by Covenant-sponsored speakers and other college guests do not necessarily represent the views of Covenant College or its constituencies.