Smart bets: Corban Addison

The research that preceded best-selling author Corban Addison’s latest commercial fiction work was extensive, including explorations into FBI hostage negotiation practices, interviews with government officials, sailing lessons on the Chesapeake Bay, considerable overseas travels, attendance at the trial of several modern-day pirates and more hands-on lessons. The Tears of Dark Water, his resulting book on a father-son duo’s capture during a sailing trip, “is not just a story about Somali piracy,” the author writes on his website. “It is about the multidimensional fallout of Somalia’s disintegration over the past 20 years, both for the Somali people and for the rest of the world. In essence, it is about the problem of violence [and] the question of forgiveness.” Addision presents his work at Malaprop’s Friday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. Free. malaprops.com. Images courtesy of the author

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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