Annual Lectures

david grann to speak in coeur d'alene

Coeur d'Alene, Friday, september 17

Best-selling author David Grann Speaks

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. He will give the 17th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Friday, September 17th, 7 p.m. at the Coeur dAlene Resort. He will speak about his newest book The White Darkness.

The event is supported by major support from Idaho Forest Group, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, North Idaho College, Idaho Public Television, and Coeur d’Alene Press.

TICKETS are available by clicking HERE or by calling 208-345-5346. General tickets are $65 and Benefactor tickets are $130. Tables of 8 are available. Benefactors receive admission to a private pre-event reception with Grann (offsite) at 5 p.m. and close-in seating at the dinner. The main event evening will begin with a no-host reception and book sales at 6 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Grann’s talk to follow. Grann will sign books after his talk.

The White Darkness is a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic. The nineteenth-century polar explorer Ernest Shackleton is considered one of the greatest leaders in history. A century later, Henry Worsley, a retired British S.A.S. officer who worshiped Shackleton, set out to achieve what even his hero had failed to do: to walk alone across Antarctica. With photographs from Worsley and Shackleton’s expeditions, Grann will examine the decisions these men made under extreme circumstances, and the lessons we all can learn about leadership and courage.

His previous book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, documented one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. Described by Dave Eggers in the New York Times Book Review as a “riveting” work that will “sear your soul,” Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award. 

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.

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