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Jon Ronson

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
  • Date: October 16, 2013 7:30pm
  • Location: W10 Pappajohn Business Building
  • Cost: Free Admission

Jon Ronson is a gonzo journalist in the spirit of the great Hunter S. Thompson, but with the comic styling of the legendary Monty Python. An award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker, his unique brand of intellect and comic wit has been described by comedian Jon Stewart as “satirical investigation.” He is a regular contributor to the BBC and NPR and he is the author of seven books including the bestselling The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Fascinated by madness, strange behavior and the human mind, Jon Ronson has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. In The Men Who Stare at Goats, he goes behind the scenes of the U.S.Army’s secret paranormal warfare program to expose a strange and comic set of characters.The book was originally a BBC documentary series and later a major motion picture starring George Clooney. In it’s review The New York Times called the book “a twisted treasure hunt...outstandingly artful and chilling.”

Jon is also the author of the bestselling book The Psychopath Test, which The San Francisco Chronicle called “...no ordinary piece of investigative journal- ism.” In the book he explores the concept of psychopathy and how we define sanity, insanity and eccentricity in our society and in ourselves. The book was adapted into a story for NPR’s This American Life and has become one of the show’s most popular episodes of all time. Published in 2012, Jon’s latest book Lost at Sea is a collection of his essays that originally appeared in The Guardian (UK).Amongst the stories chronicled in those essays are Jon’s adventures with America’s real-life superheroes and an interview with a man who has tried to split the atom at his kitchen table.

When not spending time with extremists and psychopaths Jon likes to spend time with his wife and son. He lives with them in New York City and London. 

Book sale and signing to follow.

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