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Wednesday, June 30, 7:30 PM ET
Chaney Kwak presents The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship
In conversation with Paul Lisicky
Chaney Kwak is a travel writer used to all sorts of mishaps on the road, but this is a first even for him: trapped on a battered cruise ship, he stuffs his passport into his underwear just in case his body has to be identified. In March 2019, the Viking Sky cruise ship was struck by a bomb cyclone in the Arctic Sea and began to drift straight toward the notoriously dangerous Hustadvika coast in Norway. The Passenger is the suspenseful, harrowing, funny, touching story by one passenger who contemplated death aboard that ship. Kwak uses his twenty-seven hours aboard the teetering ship to examine his family history, maritime tragedies, and the failing relationship back on shore with a man he’s loved for nearly two decades; the Viking Sky, he realizes, may not be the only sinking ship he needs to escape. Kwak is joined in conversation by Paul Lisicky, acclaimed author of six books including Later, who says, “Down to earth, funny, irreverent, vulnerable, candid, The Passenger is wise in the way of the best books in that it subverts all the expected tropes of its narrative.”
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