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Escape From Camp 14, Garbology, Etched In Sand, and However Long The Night

Hi all, I got back from San Diego late last night. Was speaking at the First Year Experience Conference. I was lucky enough to speak in the same block as two of my favorite authors.

First up. Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author, most recently of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With TrashA fantastic read.

Also: Blaine Harden, author of Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom In The West. This is one of the most fascinating, wrenching, and important stories I’ve ever read. 

There were also two authors speaking with whom I wasn’t familiar, but who were dazzling, I can’t wait to read their books.

Regina Calcaterra wrote Etched In Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived An Unspeakable Childhood In Long Island. 


Aimee Molloy, author of However Long The Night: Molly Melching’s Journey To Help Millions of African Women And Girls Triumph. 

These were all people who cared about others for the right reasons. It was an honor to be there with them. Here’s a washed-out terrible photo of the five of us, with me looking all wild-eyed:


Also! My talk went great, and then I bumped into Colum McCann, who is pretty much the greatest writer around.



His charming accent alone was worth the trip. Now that I’m looking at these pictures, I’m realizing that I have a huge grin that I never get out unless I’m meeting authors.

Such a good weekend!

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  • Sheryl Koutsis February 19, 2014, 10:06 am

    Hi Josh, I attend your talk at the FYE Conference and started reading your book last night – I love it so far!

    So here I am at work, telling one of my students about the author talks, in particular yours, and did a quick google to show him the book cover only to discover your blog.

    Thanks again for the wonderful, inspirational talk.

    • Josh Hanagarne February 19, 2014, 11:09 am

      you’re very welcome. Everyone was so great to me, thank you.

  • Sister Hilda Kleiman March 6, 2014, 10:05 pm

    Dear Josh,

    Thank you for mentioning Garbology. I finished reading it a couple days ago, and it is already having an affect on my trash habits. I appreciated not only the research and the author’s sense of humor.


    Sister Hilda

  • Marisol April 1, 2014, 6:29 pm

    My daughter steegsugd me to read it this morning and i did during my lunch break. AND it was a wonderful book. She read it at least 4 times now. I really enjoyed it. I shall thank you and my daughter. Thank you very much for the lovely note for her birthday.