A Special Conversation with Thad Ziolkowski and William Finnegan | Tuesday, July 6th at 5:30pm PST

Join us for a very special conversation between Thad Ziolkowski and Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan (Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life) onTuesday, July 6 at 5:30 pm (PST). They will be discussing Thad's new book about surfing and addiction, The Drop.

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In surfing, the drop is the initial, thrilling descent down the face of a wave—like the slide into addiction. But in surfing, the way down can be the way up. This paradox is what award-winning author Thad Ziolkowski examines in his revelatory, original and deeply personal exploration of the connection between waves, addiction, and recovery. THE DROP: How The Most Addictive Sport Can Help Us Understand Addiction and Recovery investigates the many ways in which surfing can teach us about the undertow of addictive behaviors and how to swim free of them. 



Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves.


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ISBN: 9780062965936
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Published: Harper Wave - July 6th, 2021

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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016