The Literature of War
A Reading by Philip Caputo & Kevin Powers
with Conversation Moderated by Elliot Ackerman
Monday, November 4, 2013
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Note: daylight savings time ends on Nov 4. Remember to set your clocks one hour back!
Folger Shakespeare Library – Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 (map)
Philip Caputo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Rumor of War, one of the most highly praised books of the twentieth century. His novels include Acts of Faith, The Voyage, Horn of Africa, and Crossers. His most recent work, The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean, was published in July. He and his wife, Leslie Ware, divide their time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Patagonia, Arizona.
Kevin Powers joined the army at the age of seventeen, later serving a year as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq, in 2004 and 2005. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry.
Writing for the New York Times, Benjamin Percy says, “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.” Read the full review here, and find an interview with Powers in GQ here. Purchase Kevin Powers’s novel here.
Elliot L. Ackerman (moderator) served five tours of duty as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor and Purple Heart. He spent a year as a White House Fellow and currently splits his time between Washington, DC and Southern Turkey where he is a Senior Fellow with the Syrian Research and Evaluation Organization. His writing has appeared or his forthcoming in Ecotone, Politico, theNewerYork, and Huffington Post among others.