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Time: October 14, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: City Opera House
Street: 106 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.nationalwritersser…
Event Type: literary
Organized By: Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS)
Latest Activity: Oct 13
An Evening with David Finkel and guest host Doug Stanton.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel won critical acclaim for his book The Good Soldiers, listed as best book of 2009 by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Slate.com, and The Boston Globe. In his forthcoming book Thank You For Your Service, Finkel follows many of the soldiers he wrote about in The Good Soldiers as they return home and struggle to reintegrate both into their family lives and into American society at large.
Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it possible, or even reasonable, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who are soldiers expected to turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions award winning journalist David Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion in his latest book Thank You for Your Service.
Finkel gained acclaim in 2009 with the publication of The Good Soldiers —a profound look at life after war. In the book, Finkel shadows the men of the 2-16 on the front lines of Baghdad for more than a year, eight months of which he spent embedded with the soldiers. Finkel chronicles the character transformations of a group of young men as they experience the horrors of combat. Finkel re-entered the spotlight in 2010 with the release of a Wikileaks video showing American forces shooting two Reuters journalists and several Iraqis in a suburb of Baghdad—an incident he had described in The Good Soldiers. DreamWorks has acquired screen rights to Thank You For Your Service.
Finkel is a staff writer for the Washington Post and the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He has reported from the Middle East, Africa, Central America, Europe and across the United States, and covered a wide spectrum of complex topics such as the plight of refugees during the conflicts in Kosovo and worldwide patterns of illegal migration. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
Doug Stanton is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Time, the Washington Post and other national publications where he has been a contributing editor.
Reserved Seating: $25 (ticket only) $43 (ticket plus book)
General Admission: $20 (ticket only) $38 (ticket plus book)
All prices +$5 at the door.
Educator discount: $5 off ticket price with ID.
Student discount: $10 off ticket price with ID.
Tickets available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.