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Evenings with An Author: Brian Van Reet
14 November 2018 @ 19 h 30 min
Van Reet’s talk, “The Red and the Blue,” will consider the state of post-9-11 war writing in a politically divided America. He will attempt to categorize the different kinds of war books being produced and the different audiences they appeal to. He will discuss how these works are marketed by publishers, common tropes found in the texts, and what they can tell us about how Americans would prefer to view (or turn away from) the wars our country has been fighting for a generation. Along the way he will offer anecdotes and observations from his own experience publishing war literature. Finally, he’ll assess where we might go from here: what is the future of American war writing?
Brian Van Reet is the author of Spoils, a novel that won the Balcones Fiction Prize and the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award. It was named one of the best books of 2017 by the Guardian, Military Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others. A U.S. Army veteran, he is the recipient of a Bronze Star for valor, a James A. Michener Fellowship, and has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere.