San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Erik Larson is this year's speaker for the Creighton University Department of History Ross Horning Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 20th, in the Harper Center Hixson Lied Auditorium.
“Why I Like to Drown My Readers”
How putting readers as vividly, and accurately, as possible into the heart of a historical disaster can open a fresh window on the way past lives were really lived.
Erik Larson is a master of narrative non-fiction. His bestselling books have won several awards and been published worldwide. His most recent book, Dead Wake, is about the 1915 sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania. His critically-acclaimed book, The Devil in the White City, intertwines the stories of the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair and one of America’s worst serial killers. It remained on the New York Times bestseller lists for a combined total of over six years, won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing, and was nominated for the National Book Award. His book, Isaac’s Storm, about the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the birth of modern American meteorology, became an immediate New York Times bestseller, and won the American Meteorology Society’s prestigious Louis J. Battan Author’s Award. The Washington Post called it the “ ‘Jaws’ of hurricane yarns.”
Larson has been a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a contributing writer for Time magazine. He has written articles for The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publications.
This annual lecture is named for Ross Horning, a professor of history at Creighton University from 1964 until his death in 2005. The lecture is meant to reflect the many dimensions of his life including his love for history, the arts, and the community.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 PM. A book signing will follow.