Hundreds of activities — reading and discussion programs, author talks, oral history collection, story-sharing projects, art-making activities, community forums and dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, film screening, and civic engagement and community service projects to support veterans and their families are taking place across the state this fall at libraries, campuses, schools, and community organizations. Continuing through the end of November, all these programs related to our statewide read of best-selling novelist, Marine Corps veteran, and Rhodes Scholar Karl Marlantes’ book, What It Is Like to Go to War (Grove/Atlantic 2011) and the War Comes Homeinitiative.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Art Show featuring a wide variety of work in various media by local veterans, curated by the Shasta Arts Council, a partner of Shasta County Library’s California Reads: War Comes Home programming. View video at HERE.
Film screening and discussion of Severe Clear, a film detailing author Mike Scotti’s experience of combat in Iraq and recovery from PTSD. Discussion moderators are: Miguel Vazquez, US Marine veteran Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Phantom Fury, and Sherman Watson, Jr., US Marine veteran and three time purple heart recipient. Family therapist from American Red Cross available for veterans impacted by film. Co-sponsored by American Red Cross and Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative.
Film screening and discussion of Least Among Saints, with filmmaker Martin Papazian. The film tells the story of an Afghanistan veteran deals with the loss of his family, home and relationships. He befriends a 10-year-old boy whose mother has a serious drug problem, and in helping the boy he heals himself of PTSD. Staff from local nonprofit organization Pets For Vets will be on hand, along with some of the dogs, to share information about their program and how the community can get involved.
Book discussion. Riverside area veterans will participate in a discussion of Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like to Go to War, moderated by Mark Houck and Trevor Curry, both veterans and employees of WP Enhancement Center in Moreno Valley CA. One of Riverside County Library System’s CA Reads programs, conducted in partnership with VFW Post 10267 and the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America
COMING THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 5:
Karl Marlantes tour of Northern California! Meet the author and join the conversation in the East Bay (Oct 6), Sacramento (Oct 7), Fresno (Oct 8), Visalia (Oct 9), Monterey (Oct. 10), and Palo Alto (Oct.11). For details, click HERE
Please check our events calendar regularly for new listings, and be sure to visit your local CA Reads library website for complete information about upcoming programs. For a complete list of participating libraries and more information, visit us HERE.
Remember – we’ll be updating our eCalendar throughout the initiative, so keep checking back for more!