Erik Larson in Conversation with Neal Bascomb
Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 7pm
Two masters of narrative nonfiction onstage and in conversation.
Erik Larson‘s vividly written, bestselling books—including Thunderstruck, Isaac’s Storm, Dead Wake, and In the Garden of Beasts—have won numerous awards and been published worldwide. His critically acclaimed book, The Devil in the White City, which intertwined the stories of the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair and one of America’s worst serial killers, remained on the New York Times bestseller lists for a combined total of over six years, won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing, and was nominated for the National Book Award.
Neal Bascomb is the author of nine award-winning, national, and international bestselling books, including most recently the New York Times bestseller on the sabotage of the German atomic bomb program The Winter Fortress.
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Erik Larson is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City, which was nominated for the National Book Award and won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the 1915 sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania, was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. His book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, is a vivid portrait of the American ambassador and his family in Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign from which Larson has crafted a gripping, deeply-intimate narrative.
In his 2006 bestseller, Thunderstruck, Larson chronicles the strange intersection in the careers of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of wireless, and Hawley Harvey Crippen, England’s second most-famous murderer (after Jack the Ripper). His book, Isaac’s Storm, about the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the birth of modern American meteorology, became an immediate New York Times bestseller, and won the American Meteorology Society’s prestigious Louis J. Battan Author’s Award. The Washington Post called it the “‘Jaws’ of hurricane yarns.” Among his other books are Lethal Passage about the 1988 school shooting in Virginia and America’s gun culture, and The Naked Consumer, about the ever-increasing amount of private information consumers lose to corporations and other business interests.
Erik Larson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Russian history, language and culture. He also received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. After a brief stint at the Bucks County Courier Times, Larson became a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and later a contributing writer for Time magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publications. He has taught nonfiction writing at San Francisco State, the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the University of Oregon.
Neal Bascomb is the author of nine award-winning, national, and international bestselling adult books, including most recently the New York Times bestseller on the sabotage of the German atomic bomb program The Winter Fortress. He also chronicled the search for a Nazi war criminal in Hunting Eichmann and the story of Roger Bannister’s four-minute-mile in The Perfect Mile. His work has won awards, been optioned for film and featured in documentaries, has ranked on numerous best-book-of-the-year lists, and has been translated in over 18 countries. He is also a critically acclaimed young adult writer. His book Nazi Hunters (Scholastic, 2013) won the YALSA Nonfiction Award for young adults, as well as a number of other national and state-level awards. A former international journalist and book editor, he has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.