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Michael Scott Moore @ Congregation Beth Shalom

This event is hosted by the Napa Center for Thought and Culture and tickets can be purchased at

Journalist and author Michael Scott Moore traveled to Somalia on a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to research a book on piracy. He was abducted by a local gang of pirates in January 2012 in the town of Galkayo. The gang holding Moore subsequently demanded $20 million for his release.

American officials and the German Foreign Ministry collaborated on negotiations with the pirates until Moore was freed on September 22, 2014. It took 977 days for Moore to be released after a $1.6 million dollar ransom was paid.

Moore will talk about his experiences and his just-published memoir, The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on The Somali Pirate Coast, that recounts his harrowing ordeal amid topics such as foreign policy, religious extremism and the costs of survival.

Moderated by Rabbi Niles Goldstein, this is the first in a series of three personal and professional conversations -- under the theme," The Road Less Traveled" -- with men and women from around the country who have pursued careers and lived lives that are noteworthy and unconventional in ways not typical of the mainstream.

Event address: 
1455 Elm Street
Congregation Beth Shalom
Napa, CA 94559
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062449177
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Published: Harper Wave - July 24th, 2018

Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting,thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival.