"David Grann has a razor keen instinct for suspense. He shapes outrage into a principled steady insistence that voice be given to the victims and their descendants. He creates deeply human portraits of every character in this drama -- the evil, the just, the innocent, the doomed. Through meticulous detective work, Grann rescues unbearable truth." – Louise Erdrich
"A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West. This powerful story reveals the unimaginable scale of these shocking murders almost a hundred years ago" – John Grisham
After half a decade of research, David Grann’s new book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, follows the murders of Osage Native Americans after striking oil in 1920s Oklahoma. Debuting at #3 on The New York Times nonfiction bestsellers list, Killers of the Flower Moon has received rave reviews. The Washington Post called it “wildly entertaining” and Booklist described it as “a chilling tale of unfettered greed, cruel prejudice and corrupted justice.”
His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, became a #1 New York Times 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 2017 film adaptation, directed by James Gray and starring Charlie Hunnam, is a dramatic portrayal of Fawcett’s expedition through the Amazon. Called “mesmerizing” by The New York Times and “a mysterious, enthralling masterpiece” by The Atlantic, The Lost City of Z saw the return of Grann’s book to the Times bestseller list eight years after its original release.
Known for his compelling and irresistible stories, Grann has been called “The man Hollywood can’t stop reading.” The film version of his New Yorker article, “True Crimes,” starring Jim Carrey, will be released in 2017. The movie based on Grann's story, “The Old Man & The Gun,” is currently in production, starring Casey Affleck and Robert Redford. And there was a bidding war for the film rights to Killers of the Flower Moon, with a screenplay in the works by Oscar winner Eric Roth.
Grann’s second book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, contains many of his New Yorker stories and was named by Men’s Journal one of the best true-crime books ever written. One particular story, “Trial by Fire,” won a George Polk award for outstanding journalism and a Silver Gavel award for fostering the public’s understanding of the justice system. It was also cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer about the constitutionality of the death penalty.
Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, 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.
To learn more about Grann, visit his website https://www.davidgrann.com
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Memorial Union, Ballroom
2901 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58202
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