This morning I got to interview David Grann for BookBanter. David Grann is a staff writer for the New Yorker and last year released his first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, which just came out in paperback. We had fun talking about the interesting path Grann took, first getting into writing, and then ending up as a writer for the New Yorker and writing unusual articles, such as the search for the elusive giant squid, or uncovering the mystery behind the enigmatic death of the world’s foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes. Grann also talked about how he stumbled upon the story of The Lost City of Z and what an experience it was to not only write the book, but all the traveling and research involved. Grann also talked a little about the movie currently being made of The Lost City of Z starring Brad Pitt.
David Grann also has another book coming out, in March, collecting many of his unusual articles: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession. You may have noticed the term “obsession” cropping up in the titles of both of Grann’s books, which is what he tends to write about: the mysterious and the obsessed; a fascinating subject.
The interview with David Grann will be appearing in Episode 26 of BookBanter which will be airing on February 15th.
Thanks again to Sarah Cantor at Vintage & Anchor for setting up the interview, and of course, to David Grann, for doing the interview.