Sacramento Public Library

One Book: "What It Is Like To Go To War"

Join best-selling author and decorated veteran Karl Marlantes for a frank discussion on war and its aftermath.
Sacramento Public Library encourages the community to think about what it means to come home from war, for our veterans, as well as for the rest of us.

California has the largest veteran population of any state. Reaching out to our region’s veterans is a major goal for the Sacramento Public Library. In February, the Southgate Library opened a new Veteran’s Resource Station to connect veterans with services.
In 1969, Karl Marlantes won the Navy Cross as a 24-year-old Marine lieutenant for leading an assault on a heavily armored North Vietnamese bunker. He suffered serious battlefield wounds and, later, post-traumatic stress disorder. 
Today Marlantes is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. “What It Is Like To Go To War” weaves accounts of his combat experiences with analysis and self-examination. The author will be in conversation with Mary Menzel, director, California Center for the Book. There will be books available for sale and signing.

Download a printable booklist of recommended titles for kids and teens on the One Book selection: What It is Like to Go to War.

Oct. 7, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Author Karl Marlantes (adult)
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I St.
The evening is the main event for Sacramento Public Library's 2014 One Book celebration. It is being held in cooperation with California Reads, a statewide multi-year project of Cal Humanities that brings Californians together to explore important topics through reading and discussion.


Book groups in our system will also be reading “What It Is Like to Go to War”:

Sept. 13, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Second Saturday Book Club @ Southgate (adult)
Southgate Library
6132 66th Ave.

Oct. 11, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Second Saturday Book Club @ Southgate (adult)
Southgate Library
6132 66th Ave.

Oct. 18, Saturday, 1 p.m.
One Book Discussion: “What It Is Like To Go To War (adult)
Community Board Room at Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova

Oct. 23, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Book Discussion Group @ North Natomas (adult)
North Natomas Library
4660 Via Ingoglia

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