A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Mitchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff, acclaimed journalist and author, will be speaking at Smith-Buonanno 201 at 5 p.m. today! His talk, entitled Hiding in Plain Sight: Finding and Telling True Stories that Other Writers Overlook, promises to be interesting for creative nonfiction English types- and everybody else too.

Zuckoff, currently a journalism professor at Boston University, is the author of the fascinating Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II. The book details the true story of a World War II airplane that crash-landed in the jungle of New Guinea. The survivors, including a female Colonel, encountered natives who had never had contact with the outside world. As much as a survival story, it is also a anthropoligical narrative—an informative look at the warfare, cannabilism, and gender relations of the native Pygmy peoples. If you haven’t read it, you should—it’s an awesome read.

Zuckoff has been a Pulitzer prize finalist for his work in investigative reporting at The Boston Globe, and has also written for The New Yorker and Fortune magazine. Oh, and he’s also written five other books. This guy is boss. Go see him.