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October 11, 2013

Writers Series offers vets a discount

TRAVERSE CITY— Monday night’s National Writer Series evening with Iraq War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel will be a special night for area combat veterans in more way than one.

Combat veterans can attend guest host Doug Stanton’s conversation with Finkel at the City Opera House for half the normal cost for general admission.

They and others also will be able to see the 6 p.m. unveiling of Traverse City photographer Alan Newton’s newest exhibit, “Finding the Way Home: Combat Veterans and PTSD.”

Finkel is the author of “The Good Soldiers” (2009) and the recently published “Thank You for Your Service.”

“Good Soldiers” is the harrowing chronicle of “The Surge,” President George Bush’s newest strategy of the War in Iraq announced in 2007. Finkel, a Washington Post correspondent, spent eight months with the 2-16 infantry battalion during its 15-month deployment in dangerous neighborhoods of Baghdad.

“Good Soldiers” was named a “Best Book of the Year” by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune,, The Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Christian Science Monitor. It also was winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

In “Thank You for Your Service,” Finkel followed several of the 2-16 soldiers who made it home and reported the psychological wounds they brought back and struggle with as they reintegrate into their family lives and into American society at large.

Finkel was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2012 and awarded a $500,000, no-strings-attached grant for his work. He is a staff writer for The Washington Post and also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen.

“We thought having Alan’s work there would be a nice complement to David Finkel’s talk,” said Jill Tewsley, executive director of the writers series. “PTSD is such an important issue. Alan’s work focuses on this area and we want people to know it’s happening here as well.”

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