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A ghost story told from the droll point of view of Eric Sperling, who competes with his friend Tom for a girl and finds himself, to his utter surprise, killed in a fit of rage.

"His elegant account of life in Somalia's hostage machine conveys suffering on an epic scale, a hotter, dustier version, perhaps, of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." — The Daily Telegraph

A folk history of surfing; a travelogue about the spread of American influence to nine different parts of the world, including Cuba and the Gaza Strip.




Michael Scott Moore is a literary journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist. He was kidnapped in 2012 on a reporting trip to Somalia and held hostage for two and a half years. The Desert and the Sea, a memoir about that ordeal, is out now from HarperCollins.

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October 17, 2018

Mechanic’s Institute Library
Part of LitQuake

7pm

In conversation with Jeanne Carstensen

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San Francisco, CA 94104

October 18, 2018

Book Passage

7pm

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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My review of Ingrid Betancourt's first novel, The Blue Line, is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

While I was in Somalia a man called Geoff Carter wrote about a picture of Indian men surfing on stand-up boards around 1800 off Chennai, which altered the known history of surfing a bit, even though the picture was hiding in plain sight at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The men from the Naham 3 are all friends of mine — a crew of 26 sailors from southeast Asia who worked on a tuna long-liner flagged in Oman but owned by a company in Taiwan, which abandoned them after Somali pirates hijacked the ship in 2012.

A version of what happened in Somalia is available as a Long Read at The Guardian, and, in somewhat shorter form, for German readers, in Der Spiegel. It’s not even near complete. Enormous parts of the story have been left untold.

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