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Talks @ Pulitzer: 'The Desert and the Sea, 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast'

Event Date:

November 14, 2018 | 5:30 PM EST


Pulitzer Center
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 615

Washington, DC 20036

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Journalist Michael Scott Moore was held hostage for 32 months by Somali pirates. He is recovering...

Michael Scott Moore's book, released July 2018. Image Courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers. United States, 2018.
Michael Scott Moore's book, released July 2018. Image Courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers. United States, 2018.

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, please join us for a Talks @ Pulitzer with author and journalist Michael Scott Moore who discusses his recent book, The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast.

In 2012, Berlin-based journalist Moore came to the Pulitzer Center with a proposal for a project about piracy in Somalia. He went to Somalia to write about about pirates, specifically ones from a gang whose members were being held in a German jail. Unfortunately, he ultimately was kidnapped and held for 32 months by the pirates whose story he had come to tell. He was released in September 2014.

In The Desert and the Sea, Moore weaves together personal narrative and investigative journalism, by examining his own experience–including physical injury, starvation, isolation and terror–with a larger examination of the world around him.            

Moore has edited and written for Spiegel Online in Germany, where he followed the trial of 10 Somali pirates in Hamburg. He originated the European Dispatch column for Miller-McCune magazine and in 2009 wrote a series of columns on US and EU counter-piracy measures from the Horn of Africa. Among his other accomplishments, he was a 2006-2007 Fulbright journalist in Berlin and helped write an American documentary on honor killings, Two Sides of the Moon. He has written about politics and travel for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The Los Angeles Times.

Light reception begins at 5:30pm, followed by Moore's talk at 6:00pm. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

This event will be livestreamed on the Pulitzer Center's Youtube channel. You can find it here:

Space is limited—remember to reserve your seat today!