Readings and Events

… this week, next week, and into the autumn for The Desert and the Sea:

July 19
Pages, a bookstore
Reserve early; ticket price includes book purchase
904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA

July 23
The Half King Bar & Restaurant
505 West 23rd Street
New York City

July 28
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC

August 1
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA

September 4
USC Annenberg School of Journalism
Los Angeles, CA
Details to come

October 17
Mechanics’ Institute Library
Part of LitQuake
7pm (subject to change)
57 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94104

October 18
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

October 22
The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Pl
London, UK
Details to come

Michael Scott Moore is a literary journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist. He was kidnapped in 2012 on a reporting trip to Somalia and held hostage for two and a half years. The Desert and the Sea, a memoir about that ordeal, is out now from HarperCollins.

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Speaking Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Talks @ Pulitzer

5:30 refreshments, 6pm start

Free event, but please register

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

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My review of Ingrid Betancourt's first novel, The Blue Line, is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

While I was in Somalia a man called Geoff Carter wrote about a picture of Indian men surfing on stand-up boards around 1800 off Chennai, which altered the known history of surfing a bit, even though the picture was hiding in plain sight at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The men from the Naham 3 are all friends of mine — a crew of 26 sailors from southeast Asia who worked on a tuna long-liner flagged in Oman but owned by a company in Taiwan, which abandoned them after Somali pirates hijacked the ship in 2012.

A version of what happened in Somalia is available as a Long Read at The Guardian, and, in somewhat shorter form, for German readers, in Der Spiegel. It’s not even near complete. Enormous parts of the story have been left untold.



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