Mark Rotella

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March 23, 2019
Rotella moderates The Cost of Survival at the Montclair Literary Festival

Two extraordinary true stories examine foreign policy, rescue missions, and the will to survive. The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast, is Michael Scott Moore’s memoir of his three years of captivity by Somali pirates, while Stephan Talty’s Saving Bravo: The Greatest Rescue Mission in Navy SEAL History tells the untold story of the most important rescue mission of the cold war. Mark Rotella moderates a conversation between the authors at the Montclair Library Auditorium, 5:15 to 6:15 pm.

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Mark Rotella is the author of Amore: The Story of Italian American Song and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria and wrote the introduction to the classic Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi (all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post,Village Voice, Saveur and American Heritage, among others.

A senior editor at Publishers Weekly, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children.