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The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War - A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm
ALEX HORTON, BRANDON CARO,
speaking & signing
The Road Ahead:
Fiction from the Forever War
& BRIAN VAN REET
Tonight we’re hosting a panel discussion with contributors of the new book The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War. Moderated by authors Philipp Meyer and Brian Van Reet, the panel will explore the current state of war fiction and its role going forward in the context of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Join us for what’s sure to be an interesting and important discussion.
ABOUT THE ROAD AHEAD
A decade has passed since boots first hit the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the war has not ended—only changed. Twenty-five diverse veteran voices reflect the changing face of combat and reflect the haunting realities and truths only fiction can reveal.
These masterfully crafted stories from writers who have served reflect the entire breadth of human emotion—loss, anger, joy, love, fear, and courage—and the evolving nature of what has become America’s “Forever War.”
From debut writers to experienced contributors whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, this exceptional collection promises to be the definitive fictional look at the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and will resonate with the reader long after the final page.
Including stories by: Elliot Ackerman, Benjamin Busch, Brandon Caro, Maurice Decaul, Teresa Fazio, Thomas Gibbons Neff, Aaron Gwyn, Alex Horton, Matt Robinson, Kristen L. Rouse, Chris Wolfe, Kayla M. Williams, Brandon Willitts, and many others.
ABOUT PHILIP MEYER
Philip Meyer is the author of the critically lauded novel American Rust, winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was an Economist Book of the Year in 2009, a Washington Post Top Ten Book of the year, and a New York Times Notable Book. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a James Michener Fellow. A native of Baltimore, he now lives mostly in Texas.
ABOUT BRIAN VAN REET
Brian Van Reet was born in Houston. Following the September 11th attacks, he left the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders, achieved the rank of sergeant, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award
ABOUT ALEX HORTON
Alex Horton is a national reporter at Stars and Stripes. He served as an Army infantryman in Iraq during the troop surge. His writing has appeared at The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. His short fiction story “Problem Dogs” won the 2015 Veterans Writing Prize held by Syracuse University’s literary journal Stone Canoe. Alex lives in San Antonio and is a member of the Truman National Security Project.
ABOUT BRANDON CARO
Brandon Caro was a Navy corpsman (combat medic) who deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006-2007. His first novel, "Old Silk Road", was published by Post Hill Press. His work has been featured in "The New York Times, The Daily Beast, WhiteHot Magazine, " and others. He resides in Austin, TX.
ABOUT TERESA FAZIO
Teresa Fazio was a Marine Corps officer from 2002 to 2006, deploying once to Iraq. She lives and works in New York City, and is writing a memoir set during and after deployment. She is also a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council.
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