Author, journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger will deliver the Lackawanna County Library System’s fifth annual American Masters Lecture, on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Scranton Cultural Center.
Junger is the author of “The Perfect Storm,” a 1997 non-fiction account of a lost fishing boat, which remained on the New York Times best sellers list for three years and was later turned into a major motion picture starring George Clooney.
Since that time, Junger has focused his attention on the war in Afghanistan, producing the documentary film, “Restrepo,” which was shot while Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington were embedded with an infantry platoon in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.
“Restrepo” won the grand prize for best domestic documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it premiered, and was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award.
His book “War,” a best seller in 2010, was based on his reporting from the war. It was named a “Top Ten Non-Fiction Book of the Year” by Time Magazine.
A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Junger is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he received a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology.
“We are extremely pleased to have Sebastian Junger join the list of distinguished speakers who have given the American Masters Lecture,” said Mary Garm, director of the Lackawanna County Library System. “His books have immediacy and drama that make them compelling reading.”
She also praised Mr. Junger as a writer who gets deeply involved with his subjects, citing his founding of the Perfect Storm Foundation to help educate the children of professional fishermen, and his commitment of personal resources to generate support for veterans of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and their survivors.
The American Masters Lecture is part of the Library System’s Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series. It was established by a group of community-minded individuals who wanted to support the tradition of presenting important speakers in the community. Among those providing grants and gifts in support of the American Masters Lecture are Scranton Area Foundation and Wayne Bank.
Ongoing funding for the Lecture Series is supported by the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture. It is part of the art, literature and performance collaboration of the Lackawanna County Library System, the Scranton Cultural Center and the Everhart Museum.
Tickets for the event can be obtained by showing a library card at any Lackawanna County Library System library, including the Abington Community Library and the Dalton Library, or at the Scranton Cultural Center box office.