David Grann Writes About Now — And Then

David Grann is a staff writer at the New Yorker. Before that he was a senior editor at the New Republic, and executive editor of The Hill. He’s written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington PostBoston Globe, Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. He was a finalist for the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.”

He’s the author of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. It traces the footsteps of explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, whose expedition disappeared in the Amazon in search of a secret civilization. Last year, the best-selling book was adapted into a 2017 film.

David Grann

Grann’s  latest book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, explores tragic, mysterious murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s and ’30s, and the investigation that followed. The book was optioned for $5 million..

He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and creative writing from Boston University.

Grann is also a 1985 graduate of Staples High School.

The other day, Jonathan Small talked to Grann for his “Write About Now” podcast. The series features authors talking about their craft. In this one, Grann reveals how he finds, researches and writes riveting stories. (Click here for the link.)

Staples graduates do amazing things. Each one has quite a story.

And some — like David Grann — spend their lives telling compelling stories to the rest of us.

2 responses to “David Grann Writes About Now — And Then

  1. I read both of his books and they are fantastic!

  2. Lucy C. Weberling

    I am a ‘61 grad of SHS- live in the Osage , as we call it, in OK. Specifically skiatook, OK. I also work at the Tallgrass Prairie, where the Grahn book is about. : the Osage murders. I met him at a few book signings and at an Osage dinner. Yay Staples grads! Lucy

    Sent from my iPhone Lucyoga@mac.com 918-633-8890