Event Title

An Ecstasy of Water & Ice

Presenter Information

Dean King
Langdon Moss


University of the Pacific, Grace Covell Hall, Stockton, CA

Start Date

23-3-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

24-3-2018 5:30 PM


Award-winning author King and writer Moss focus on Muir and his intimate link to water-the giver and shaper of life.


Dean King is an award-winning author of nine nonfiction books. His national bestseller, Skeletons on the Zahara, was translated into 10 languages, made into a History Channel documentary, and optioned by Steven Spielberg. King tells stories of adventure with great dedication to searching out the truth. The wall Street Journal calls his most recent book, The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The True Story, "popular history the way it ought to be written," and USA Today gives it four stars (out of four). King's ground breaking biography, Patrick O'Brian: A Ufe Revealed, was serialized in the Daily Telegraph, which named it a book of the year. King's storytelling ability shines through on the page and at the dais. He is the chief storyteller in two History Channel documentaries and is a producer of its unscripted series-Hatfields & McCoys: White Ughtning, which aired in 16 episodes in 2013. King, who frequently speaks on his writings, explorations and the vital lessons learned from some of history's most epic journeys, has appeared on NPR, ABC World News Tonight, BBC Radio and TEDx. His writing can also be found in Outside, Garden & Gun, Granta, Men's Journal, and the New York Times. King is currently at work on a selective retelling of the life of John Muir, focusing on his environmentalism. A fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, he serves on the advisory board of James River Writers and on the executive committee of BIO, the world's foremost literary organization devoted to the art of biography.

John "Langdon" Moss describes himself as "an unknown nobody in the world." In truth, he is an avid writer, backpacker, photojournalist and student of history, and he has spent years exploring and researching the remote landscapes of America. In 2008, he worked on a ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, where he spent his free time hiking alone through the Cloud Peak Wilderness. In 2009, he spent a year backpacking through Australia and New Zealand, eventually making his way to the California Bay Area. In the years that followed, he spent countless hours backpacking into and photographing California parks and forests, reading copious historical books, and developing his writing through classes at The Writer's Grotto. After leaving his job in the Bay Area in 2015, he used the last of his savings to purchase a used car and camera, then spent two months driving alone across America, backpacking into 11 national parks and documenting the journey through his website, mossywander.com. He is currently working on a book on John Muir's life, an autobiography about his time in Wyoming and a screenplay about San Francisco during the Gold Rush.

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Mar 23rd, 8:30 AM Mar 24th, 5:30 PM

An Ecstasy of Water & Ice

University of the Pacific, Grace Covell Hall, Stockton, CA

Award-winning author King and writer Moss focus on Muir and his intimate link to water-the giver and shaper of life.