Contemporary war fiction
Wednesday 1st Feb, 2017

Talking Leaves Bookstore
3158 Main Street Buffalo, NY
Time: 7:00pm
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Wars have always generated fiction. Is the writing of the current veterans different from those who fought in Vietnam, Korea, World Wars II and I?  Is the purpose of war fiction different from that of any other kind of fiction? Come and ask your own questions of two of our brightest and most accomplished young writers as they tackle the age-old question of the relationships between war and story, between the reality of combat and the truth of fiction.

Buffalo native Brian Castner is author of the memoir The Long Walk, about his experience as a bomb detonation expert in the Iraq War, and of All the Ways We Kill and Die, a work of investigative journalism about the search for the EOD bombmaker whose bombs he cleaned up after.

In addition to Dark at the Crossing Elliot Ackerman is author of an acclaimed debut, Green on Blue, highly praised for its depiction of the Afghan war from the perspective of a young Afghan Pashtun orphan and soldier.

Castner co-edited and, along with Ackerman, is a contributor to The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War (Pegasus), a just-released collection featuring stories from 24 writers. 

For more information, please contact Jonathon Welch at Talking Leaves, 716.837.8554, or email

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