Alta Live: What Really Happened to Ambrose Bierce?

Wednesday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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In 1913, prolific American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce crossed over the Mexico border and never returned. His unexplained disappearance is one of the most mysterious and mythologized in American literary history. Alta Journal contributor Geoffrey Gray explored one theory: that Bierce was executed in Sierra Mojada by federal officers who believed he was a spy and that Bierce’s remains are still buried in the Mexican desert. Join Gray and historian William Deverell as they dig into their theories about Bierce with Alta Live.

About the guests:

Geoffrey Gray is a New York Times–bestselling author, a longtime investigative reporter, and the founder and publisher of True Mastery, which specializes in adventure tales and interactive, real-life games. Known for his eclectic range of subjects and gonzo spirit, Gray started his writing career covering boxing for the New York Times and later focused on unsolved crime, travel, food writing, and more as a contributing editor at New York magazine. He has also produced two feature documentary films, Patrolman P and Gored, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and streamed on Netflix. He is currently working on 9 Arches, a new adventure card game; lives (most of the time) in the colonial highlands outside Mexico City; and once drove an ice cream truck.

William Deverell is the director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and a professor of history at USC. He is also the founding director of the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative. He is a historian of the 19th- and 20th-century American West. His undergraduate degree in American studies is from Stanford, and his MA and PhD degrees in American history are from Princeton. He has published widely on the environmental, social, cultural, and political history of the West.•

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