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Wednesday, October 17 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
977 Days in Captivity: Michael Scott Moore's The Desert and the Sea

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In January 2012, journalist Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy. But in a terrible twist of fate, he was kidnapped by Somali pirates, and subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits: physical abuse, starvation, isolation, and terror. After 977 days he was freed, and this year published his remarkable memoir The Desert and the Sea, a riveting, thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In conversation with foreign correspondent Jeanne Carstensen. FREE

Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies

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Jeanne Carstensen

Jeanne Carstensen covered the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece, Turkey, and Europe for Public Radio International’s The World, The Nation, Foreign Policy, The Intercept, The Global Post’s Long Reads on Conflict, and other outlets, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis... Read More →
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Michael Scott Moore

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 and Popmatters. He was kidnapped in 2012 on a reporting... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Mechanics' Institute Library