Author Event: Sean Carberry - "Passport Stamps"

Event date: 
09/25/2023 - 7:00pm

Journalist (and Wellesley native) Sean Carberry joins us to discuss Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home, the tale of his journey to become NPR’s last Kabul-based correspondent. 

This is a free event but you must RSVP in order to secure your spot. You can do so with the link below (no fees) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (also no fees). 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Please note that you must purchase your copy of the book from Wellesley Books in order to have the author sign it at the event. 



Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home is a candid, darkly comic, and emotionally naked tale of a former NPR journalist who—driven by grief, loss, and the desire to find his “tribe”—seeks solace in the world’s most dangerous places and his pursuit to join the ranks of combat-tested war correspondents. The learning curve of reporting in hostile environments is steep and at times comical, at others nearly fatal. He encounters a lot of dust, ragged infrastructure, weaponry, scary driving, whiskey, lust, and way too much food poisoning. When the assignment ends, he is left to confront the mental and emotional impact of the years of danger, death, and destruction.



Sean Carberry is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor. In his more than 15 years as a radio and print journalist, he has traveled to dozens of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. He was NPR's last Kabul-based correspondent in 2012 through 2014. After that, he spent several years working for the Defense Department Office of Inspector General, writing and editing oversight reports on counterterrorism operations, before returning to journalism as managing editor of National Defense Magazine. In a previous life, he was a Gold Record-winning recording engineer and producer in Boston. Sean grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and graduated from Wellesley High School. He has a B.A. from Lehigh University and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his cat Squeak who he rescued from the streets of Kabul.


Passport Stamps: Searching the World for a War to Call Home By Sean D. Carberry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781956440553
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Published: Madville Publishing LLC - August 15th, 2023

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714