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The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Capitve on the Somali Pirate Coast

LIBRARY LIVE 2023 - 2024


The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation presents

We are thrilled to welcome these four brilliant authors to our 2023-24 series. Library Live is for adventurous readers who enjoy hearing from established literary figures and emerging talent. Novelists, poets, historians, journalists, biographers, memoirists and more share their ideas firsthand with our community. Participate, engage, and be challenged by our presentations with today’s most gifted scribes.



The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast


Michael Scott Moore

Thursday, February 15, 2024, 7 p.m.

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Michael Scott Moore is a 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’s won Fulbright, Logan, and Pulitzer Center grants for his nonfiction, and MacDowell and Wallace Foundation fellowships for his fiction.

He grew up in California, but worked for several years as an editor and writer at Spiegel Online International in Berlin. Moore was kidnapped in early 2012 on a reporting trip to Somalia and held hostage by pirates for 32 months. At times he was held on land, other times at sea. Once, when he was on a 160-foot tuna boat, he tried to escape by jumping over the side at night. The Desert and the Sea is a memoir about that ordeal and became an international bestseller.




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