David Grann The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

About the author:

David Grann—New Yorker writer and bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon (coming to the big screen this fall, with Martin Scorsese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro) and The Lost City of Z—digs deep to give his stories a pace and intensity unlike any other. Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award. Known for his compelling stories, Grann has been called “the man Hollywood can’t stop reading,” with four of his New Yorker articles adapted for the screen.

About the book:

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder is a page-turning story of survival and savagery, culminating in a court-martial that reveals a shocking truth. With the twists and turns of a thriller, Grann unearths the deeper meaning of the events on the Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.

This program is part of the CALS Speaker Series and honors J. N. Heiskell.