“A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West. As in all his work, David Grann digs deep, and this powerful story reveals the unimaginable scale of these shocking murders almost a hundred years ago.”
Here’s the first teaser trailer:
From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
The Lost City of Z film will close this year’s New York Film Festival, Saturday, October 15th.
Jonah Weiner discusses my work at Slate.
I don’t get to take too much time from writing for The New Yorker, but I recently blogged at the Powell’s blog, which was a lot of fun, and this week I’m blogging The New Yorker’s book blog, “The Book Bench.” Here’s my first post: “David Grann Takes the Bench.”
The Lost City of Z hit The New York Times Bestseller List for paperback nonfiction last week at #1!
I was on CBS’s Sunday Morning on Sunday the 21st. Here’s an excerpt from the conversation:
On a cold January day in 1925, a tall, distinguished gentleman hurried across the docks in Hoboken, New Jersey, toward the SS Vauban, a five-hundred-and-eleven-foot ocean liner bound for Rio de Janeiro. He was fifty- seven years old and stood over six feet, his long arms corded with muscles. Although his hair was thinning and his mustache was flecked with white, he was so fit that he could walk for days with little, if any, rest or nourishment. His nose was crooked like a boxer’s, and there was something ferocious about his appearance, especially his eyes. They were set close together and peered out from under thick tufts of hair. No one, not even his family, seemed to agree on their color– some thought they were blue, others gray. Yet virtually everyone who encountered him was struck by their intensity: some called them “the eyes of a visionary.” He had frequently been photographed in riding boots and wearing a Stetson, with a rifle slung over his shoulder, but even in a suit and a tie, and without his customary wild beard, he could be recognized by the crowds on the pier. He was Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, and his name was known throughout the world.
Great piece in The Times on Fawcett and recent discoveries in the Amazon:
The book was chosen as one of the best books of the year by many newspapers and magazines in the United States and around the world. The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani selected “The Lost City of Z” as one of the ten best books published in 2009; so did Entertainment Weekly and Publishers Weekly. It was also chosen as one of the best or most notable books of the year by the Sunday New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Providence Journal, Bloomberg, McClatchy Newspapers, Globe and Mail, Amazon, and Evening Standard. The Los Angeles Times and World Hum also selected it as one the best travel books of the year. Barnes and Noble chose it as its number one non-fiction book of 2009.
The Lost City of Z is one of six finalists for England’s highest non-fiction award.