The bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and accomplished mountain climber discusses his adventurous life in letters. The author of Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven, and, most recently, Missoula, appears on stage with his long-time editor and friend, Mark Bryant, the award-winning former editor of Outside, for a revealing look at one of America's master craftsmen of non-fiction.
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Mr. Forbes is currently associate vice president in the Office of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University. At 16 years old he became the youngest member of the Black Panther Party's Central Committee and was a senior member of that organization for a decade. He spent 4 years as a fugitive after being dispatched by Huey P. Newton to assassinate a witness against him and ultimately 4 years, 8 months, and 9 days as an inmate in Soledad and San Quentin Prisons in California. Flores has written a book on his experience, Will You Die With Me?, and will be giving a talk on the "real" political philosophies that informed the BPP (Fanon, Carlos Miraghella and Huey Newton's concept of the "Buddha Samurai") rather than the thinkers they exposed to the public.