Winona State University will host author and Vietnam veteran Wayne Karlin from 7-9 p.m. March 15-16 in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.
Karlin served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He has authored ten books of fiction and nonfiction and received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Paterson Prize in Fiction, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award. He is currently a professor of languages and literature at the College of Southern Maryland.
On Tuesday, March 15, his presentation will include photos and film clips about his latest nonfiction book, “Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam.” The book tells the story of Vietnam veteran Homer Steedly Jr., who killed an enemy soldier in 1969 on a jungle path and forty years later, with Karlin, engaged in a process of healing from war by searching for the man’s family, returning documents he had taken from the body, and helping locate the remains.
The following day, Wednesday, March 16, Karlin will speak about literature as a form of healing and reconciliation. He will discuss Vietnam War literature in America and Vietnam, his personal experiences as a writer, and his work with Vietnamese writers who had been on the other side.
All events are free and open to the public. Karlin will be available for a book signing and question-and-answer session following each presentation.
For more information, call Tomas Tolvaisas at 507-457-5407 or e-mail: email@example.com.