Based in Washington, DC
Travel Writer and Journalist
About the Book
The Black Nile is a nonfiction account of a journey I made down the Nile River from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea, through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. I brought along my best friend, a bartender who'd never before stepped off American soil. (I'll leave it for you to decide if that was a good idea.)
The Black Nile is a fun, frightful, and informative read about a fascinating region that's very much in the news.
The Daily Beast called The Black Nile 'a masterful narrative of investigative reportage, travel writing, and contemporary history,' and it won strong reviews in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and the New York Times. The Village Voice named it one of the 10 Best of the year, alongside books by Milan Kundera and Jennifer Egan.
* "Fascinating and harrowing"... 4.5 stars —Lonely Planet
* Dan Morrison takes the reader on an incredible journey in The Black Nile. Weaving together intense travel writing and history, he has produced a supremely entertaining work, and also an important one. –David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z
* This is hard-core African travel . . . [With] Mr. Morrison’s peppery anecdotes, his refreshing honesty and his ability to show how Africans view their difficulties . . . the book gives us a compelling portrait of life along the Nile—from lonely fishing communities on Lake Victoria to the cacophonous collisions of Cairo. —Hugh Pope, Wall Street Journal
About the Author
I'm Dan Morrison, author of The Black Nile, a first-person account of my 3,600-mile journey down the Nile River through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. I'm a veteran journalist with an eye for unbeaten tracks. My reporting has taken me from barbeques with the Latin Kings street gang to ride-alongs with the police assassins of Bombay.
The Black Nile was praised by the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, and the Washington Post said "it's packed with narrow scrapes, humor and brazen feats of sheer adventure, all set against a brilliantly described backdrop."
Based in New York and Washington, DC, I love speaking with audiences about The Black Nile -- and about the Ganges River, my current work in progress -- and have given talks at the New York Public Library, the Asia Society, the Kolkata (Calcutta) Book Fair, and at colleges, bookstores and bars.