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David Grann      

Author, known for “The Lost City of Z”

David Grann is staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of the books “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession” and “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.” His first book, “The Lost City of Z,” was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the book was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Bloomberg, Publishers Weekly, and the Christian Science Monitor. The book was developed into a movie by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company.

Grann’s new book, “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes,” contains a dozen true stories. They focus on everything from the mysterious death of the world’s greatest Sherlock Holmes expert to the hunt for the giant squid, from sandhogs building a dangerous maze of water tunnels under New York City to a Polish writer who may have left clues to a real murder in his postmodern novel. One of the pieces, “Trial by Fire,” about the possible execution of an innocent man, won a 2009 George Polk award. Another story about the rise of the most dangerous prison gang in America was a finalist for the Michael Kelly award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.”

Grann’s stories have also appeared in “The Best American Crime Writing,” of 2004, 2005, and 2009; “The Best American Sports Writing,” of 2003 and 2006; and “The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009.” Grann has previously written for the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, 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 as well as 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. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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