David Grann, a staff writer at The New Yorker, will present his best-selling book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, for the CLSC August 12. Published by Doubleday, The Lost City of Z is an exploration into what happened to British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest to find the lost city of El Dorado, which he called "Z." The book is Grann's first and is being developed into a movie by Brad Pitt's Plan B production company and Paramount Pictures.
In his career, Grann has written about everything from New York City's antiquated water tunnels to the hunt for the giant squid to the presidential campaign. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001, The Best American Crime Writing (2004 and 2005 editions) and The Best American Sports Writing (2003 and 2006 editions). A 2004 finalist for the Michael Kelly Award for the 'fearless pursuit and expression of truth,' Grann has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard and The New Republic.
Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic, and, from 1995 until 1996, the executive editor of the newspaper The Hill. He holds master's degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and in creative writing from Boston University. After graduating from Connecticut College in 1989, he received a Thomas Watson Fellowship and did research in Mexico, where he began his career in journalism. His second book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, is due out in March.