Thursday, March 20, 4:00-6:00 PM in the Alter Hall Auditorium
A Reading by Novelist Kevin Powers
National Book Award finalist Kevin Powers will read from The Yellow Birds, take questions, and sign books. A harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive, The Yellow Birds is this year's featured book in the Free Library's One Book, One Philadelphia program.
Kevin Powers joined the army at the age of 17, 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. This is his first novel.
Monday, March 24, 3:30-5:30 PM in the Underground, LL, Student Center South
Scenes from In Conflict, with Director Douglas Wager and Local Veterans
Watch scenes from In Conflict, a play based on Yvonne Latty's book In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss, and the Fight to Stay Alive. Award-winning director and Temple professor Douglas Wager, who adapted the book for the stage, will discuss the play and the process of translating experience into art with local veterans turned writers.
Douglas Wager is the Associate Dean of the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts. He is best known for his work as a director, having spent over three decades in the profession prior to joining the Temple Theater faculty in 2004. Mr. Wager is the former Artistic Director of the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where he served for twenty-five seasons as resident director and producer. He is the recipient of three Helen Hayes awards and thirteen nominations for Outstanding Director. Mr. Wager also directed the series premiere and several episodes of The Lot for the AMC television network, which received several Emmy nominations in its inaugural season.
Tuesday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 PM in the Paley Library Lecture Hall
The Yellow Birds Book Club
Bring your books and your ideas to a group discussion devoted to The Yellow Birds, this year's One Book, One Philadelphia pick by the Free Library.
Tuesday, March 25, 3:30-5:30 PM in 1810 Liacouras Walk
A Discussion with Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq Playwright Paula Vogel
Talk with Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel about her latest work, Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, produced in Philadelphia at the Wilma Theater. Playing with time and space, this is a tale of one Marine's return home from war and discovery that his lover is missing. Searching for her, he embarks on a surrealistic tour through the streets and history of Philadelphia. This collaborative project is inspired by Don Juan Returns from the War (written in 1936 by Bertolt Brecht’s younger contemporary Ödön von Horváth) and grounded in the experiences of recent veterans who often return from Iraq or Afghanistan to a home where most of the population has little direct connection with war.
Paula Vogel's play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second OBIE. Vogel is currently playwright in residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as an artistic associate at Long Wharf Theatre.
1801 N Broad St
Co-sponsored by the English Department, the General Education Program, the Honors Program, the Intellectual Heritage Program, the Libraries, and Veterans Affairs