Dominican welcomes bestselling author Erik Larson

New York Times bestselling author and former features writer for the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, Erik Larson spoke at Dominican University of California on April 14, at the Institute for Leadership Studies’ (ILS) Spring Author Series, presented in partnership with Book Passage.

Larson has penned four New York Times bestsellers including In the Garden of Beasts and The Devil in the White City. He comes to Angelico Hall with his newest suspense nonfiction, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

For more information or to purchase Dead Wake, contact Book Passage in Corte Madera by calling (415) 927-0960 extension 1 or by visiting

Larson’s new book is a non-fiction maritime thriller. His research included a journey on the Queen Mary 2 in a Force 10 gale as well as a trip to the University of Liverpool, where he had the moving opportunity to examine photographs of remains from the Lusitania. In May of 1915, a German U-Boat torpedoed and sunk the British ocean liner, killing nearly 1,200 people.

The speaker series, a cooperative effort between Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage, features some of the country's leading figures from the worlds of business, politics, entertainment, academia, and literature. The series has entertained and educated thousands of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area residents.

All events are open to the public. Free parking is available on campus in the nearby Conlan Center parking lot at the intersection of Acacia and Grand Avenues.

The Institute for Leadership Studies’ 2015 Spring Author Series is sponsored by Private Ocean, the oldest and largest privately-held wealth management firm in Marin County. Private Ocean’s commitment to community service has been a driving force behind its support of the lecture series, now in its 12th year.


April 15, 2015