Literary Journalism in Conversation: William Finnegan

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Rogers Communications Chair, Susan Orlean hosts a conversation with Pulitzer prize recipient and staff writer for the New Yorker since 1987.

William Finnegan has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987.  He has reported from South Africa, Mozambique, Somalia, Sudan, Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain, Britain, Australia, Madagascar, Ukraine, Moldova, the Gulf States, and the Balkans, as well as from many places in the United States.  He has written primarily about politics, war, poverty, race, U.S. foreign policy, organized crime, globalization, and surfing.  He is the author of five books: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (2015); Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country;  A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique; Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters; and Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid.  His work has won many awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography for Barbarian Days.  Barbarian Days, which has been a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, has been translated into ten languages.  Finnegan’s work has also appeared in Granta, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.