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Best-selling author David Grann to speak at OCCC this week

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David Grann, author, Lost City of Z
David Grann, author, Lost City of Z

New York Times best-selling author David Grann, whose books have proven immensely popular in Oklahoma, will speak at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S May Ave.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Grann is best known for "The Lost City of Z" and "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI." He will discuss the latter title, which has been a stalwart on the Oklahoma best-seller lists since its publication nearly two years ago. The book won an Edgar Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, among others.

The book is being adapted into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorcese.

Grann's most recent nonfiction book is "The White Darkness."

"Killers of the Flower Moon" tells "the story of the Osage Indians, who, in the 1920s, became the wealthiest people in the world because of oil under their land in Oklahoma," according to a news release. "They were then serially murdered off in one of the most sinister crimes in American history. The case became among the FBI's first major homicide investigations. The FBI sent in a team of undercover agents, including one of the only Native Americans in the bureau. They eventually caught one of the masterminds. However, as Grann documents, there was a deeper and darker conspiracy that the bureau never exposed."

Those who attend will be able to participate in a Q&A session during the event. A reception and book signing will occur immediately following the lecture. For more information, go to www.occc.edu/grann.

The event continues the Paul Sechrist Signature Lecture Series. The series launched in 2014 with past speakers including Francis Ford Coppola, Thomas Friedman and Bob Woodward.

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