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Author Karl Marlantes at Mira Costa College

Oceanside CA– As part of the statewide initiative War Comes Home, and in partnership with the California Reads and Cal Humanities, we’re hosting a conversation with best-selling author and Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes. Join us for this free event on November 21, 2:00 p.m. at the Mira Costa College Concert Hall, Building 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA. 92056. No RSVP required.

Karl Marlantes is the author of What it is Like to Go to War, the book selected by California Reads and California Humanities to accompany the War Come Home initiative. This book has frequently been cited by veterans as the work that best expresses their experience. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it “ought to be mandatory reading by potential infantry recruits and by residents of any nation that sends its kids—Marlantes’s word—into combat.”

Karl Marlantes served as a Marine Corps Lieutenant in Vietnam, and will talk about his memoir What It Is Like To Go to War. Written nearly 40 years after his own tour of duty in Vietnam, Karl Marlantes’ book recounts his experience of going to war and coming home through the lens of time and memory, illuminated by insights drawn from his study of history, literature, psychology, and philosophy.

This program is part of the War Comes Home/California Reads initiative. This project seeks to engage Californians in the tough questions about what it means to return from war, and to rejoin one’s community. How will returning soldiers come back into their communities? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not?

California Reads is a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Cal Humanities is a non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For more information, or any suggestions for future programs please call Jennelise Hafen at (760) 435-5625 or email Jennelise.

For more news and info about the Oceanside Public Library visit the library’s website at www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org.