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David Grann

April 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books proudly welcomes back best selling author David Grann for an in-person event celebrating his new book, The Wager on Wednesday April 26 at 7:00 pm. This event will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S Peoria Avenue.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann’s new book The Wager is a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.

David Grann is an award winning staff writer for The New Yorker and his book Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best true crime book.

This is a ticketed event, each ticket includes one (1) copy of The Wager by David Grann ($30.00 value) and one (1) seat at the event on Wednesday April 26 at 7:00 pm.

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The Wager will be published on April 18. All ticket holders will be able to pick up their copy of the book at the event.

All tickets include a copy of the book, there is a limit of four tickets per transaction. Please provide the full name and email address of each ticket holder so that all event notifications and information can be sent to all attendees.

If you have a ticket and are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book at Magic City Books during normal business hours. The last day for ticket holders to pick up The Wager by David Grann is Friday, June 9, 2023. We will make an effort to have signed books available for pick up but can not guarantee a signed copy.

About The Wager

On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty’s Ship the Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While the Wager had been chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon known as “the prize of all the oceans,” it had wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The men, after being marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing nearly 3,000 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes.

But then … six months later, another, even more decrepit craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways, and they told a very different story. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes – they were mutineers. The first group responded with countercharges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous senior officer and his henchmen. It became clear that while stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death–for whomever the court found guilty could hang.

The Wager is a grand tale of human behavior at the extremes told by one of our greatest nonfiction writers. Grann’s recreation of the hidden world on a British warship rivals the work of Patrick O’Brian, his portrayal of the castaways’ desperate straits stands up to the classics of survival writing such as The Endurance, and his account of the court martial has the savvy of a Scott Turow thriller. As always with Grann’s work, the incredible twists of the narrative hold the reader spellbound.


April 26, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Magic City Books


All Souls Unitarian Church
2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74114 United States
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