CRAZY RIVER: Exploration and Folly in East Africa 

No one travels quite like Richard Grant and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico’s lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as “the river of bad spirits,” the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions.

Half King
7 pm
505 W 23RD ST
Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran
In 1974, Dr. Linda Jacobs was invited to participate in an archeological dig in Iran. Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (Kalimah Press, 2011) reveals an Iran that the West never hears about. This book describes the practice of archaeological excavations, the history of the region, and the early civilizations that inhabited present-day Iran as well as the author’s story of self-discovery. Jacobs shares with the reader her emotional journey to understand Iranian culture that felt both strange and familiar. In spite of class, culture, and language differences, she and the villagers, who hosted her, formed a friendship that has withstood the test of time, distance, and political revolution. Dr. Jacobs will share stories and photos of her hosts when they first met and in 2008.


The Graduate Center
6:30 to 8:30 pm
room 9207
365 Fifth Avenue