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An Evening with Doug Stanton – National Writers Series – September 17, 2017

An Evening with Doug StantonNational Writers Series Co-Founder Doug Stanton is the critically acclaimed author of two New York Times bestselling nonfiction books: his 2001 breakout work, In Harm’s Way, about the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, and 2009’s Horse Soldiers, named a “Notable Book” by The New York Times and currently in development as a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.

Stanton joins his editor, Colin Harrison, to talk about his new book, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle of Echo Company to Survive the Vietnam War. When the North Vietnamese began bombarding 36 cities scattered across South Vietnam—an infamous campaign known as the Tet Offensive—the war escalated to previously unmatched heights. Causing major alarm back in the States, it would be a turning point in the public’s tolerance of the war.

Back on the front lines, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops fought for their lives. Of those entangled in the offensive, many perished. Those who returned home were greeted with disdain or disregard.

Now the remarkable story of a small platoon called Echo Company will be told. Stanton conducted first-person interviews with soldiers, traveled to former battlegrounds, and pored over letters sent to and from Echo Company, as well as an abundance of Pentagon reports, photographs, and filmed footage. The story ends with one soldier finding closure in the country where it all began.

Stanton, a Traverse City native, has written on subjects ranging from travel and sports to history and entertainment. His writing has appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, TIME, Men’s Journal, the Washington Post, and Outside Magazine—whose founding editor, Terry McDonell, will take the NWS stage in October. He lectures nationally and has taught creative writing and English at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He and his wife, Anne, have three children and live in Traverse City.

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September 17, 2017,  7 pm
City Opera House, Traverse City
Guest host: Colin Harrison
Event Sponsor: Chemical Bank 

Doors open at 6 pm with live music, cash bar and Morsels sweet treats. Q & A and book signing post event.


Ticketing: Call  231-941-8082, ext. 201, or stop by the City Opera House Box Office located at 106 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City, Michigan.

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NWS BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 2018!
Battle of the Books, northern Michigan’s favorite reading tournament for area 4th and 5th grade students, is back for another round. In this year’s showdown, two finalist teams will compete for an epic prize, presented to this year’s winning team by the award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown. We can’t think of a better way to get hundreds of kids inspired about reading and writing their own books!

Battle of the Books brings 36 teams together in a quiz bowl of sorts, where the kids read ten books as a team and then show what they know about characters, plots and more. There’s a glorious prize for the winning team and many more prizes for best costume, poster, team name and more.

Peter Brown’s New York Times bestselling book, The Wild Robot, is one of the ten “battle” selections. Brown will take the stage at the final competition to award the winning team its grand prize trophy. He’ll also share insights and stories about his writing career and his fabulous books, including his newest: The Wild Robot Escapes, the much-anticipated follow-up to The Wild Robot. The Brown’s beloved robot-hero, Roz, isn’t just any old island castaway. For starters, her heart ticks in 1s and 0s. When ROZZUM 7134 was “activated” by a clan of sea otters, she found herself on a hostile island that would put her instincts for survival—and friendship—to the test. Now, Roz is back with a new set of challenges. This time, she must navigate the hazards of civilization as she tries to make her way home.

Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling books for young people and the young-at-heart, including My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not), Children Make Terrible Pets, You Will Be My Friend!, The Curious Garden, and Creepy Carrots!, which received a 2013 Caldecott Honor. His work has been made into plays, adapted into short animated films, and translated into several languages. He has received not just one, but two E.B. White Read Aloud awards for his work, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, and a Children’s Choice Book Award for Illustrator of the Year.

Peter BrownMar 18, 5:30pmTraverse City National Writers SeriesNWS BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 2018!
Battle of the Books, northern Michigan’s favorite reading tournament for area 4th and 5th grade students, is back for another round. In this year’s showdown, two finalist teams will compete for an epic prize, presented to this year’s winning team by the award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown. We can’t think of a better way to get hundreds of kids inspired about reading and writing their own books!

Battle of the Books brings 36 teams together in a quiz bowl of sorts, where the kids read ten books as a team and then show what they know about characters, plots and more. There’s a glorious prize for the winning team and many more prizes for best costume, poster, team name and more.

Peter Brown’s New York Times bestselling book, The Wild Robot, is one of the ten “battle” selections. Brown will take the stage at the final competition to award the winning team its grand prize trophy. He’ll also share insights and stories about his writing career and his fabulous books, including his newest: The Wild Robot Escapes, the much-anticipated follow-up to The Wild Robot. The Brown’s beloved robot-hero, Roz, isn’t just any old island castaway. For starters, her heart ticks in 1s and 0s. When ROZZUM 7134 was “activated” by a clan of sea otters, she found herself on a hostile island that would put her instincts for survival—and friendship—to the test. Now, Roz is back with a new set of challenges. This time, she must navigate the hazards of civilization as she tries to make her way home.

Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling books for young people and the young-at-heart, including My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not), Children Make Terrible Pets, You Will Be My Friend!, The Curious Garden, and Creepy Carrots!, which received a 2013 Caldecott Honor. His work has been made into plays, adapted into short animated films, and translated into several languages. He has received not just one, but two E.B. White Read Aloud awards for his work, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, and a Children’s Choice Book Award for Illustrator of the Year.
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Comedian and New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby is famous her uproarious and popular blog, Bitches Gotta Eat. In her debut essay collection, Meaty, Irby laughs her way through relationships, being black, and bouts with Crohn’s disease. Meaty is being republished and is the basis for a new FX series.
Audience discretion advised.

HONESTY IS THE NEW TRUTH. SIDE-SPLITTING HUMOR!
Comedian, blogger and New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby is famous her uproarious and enormously popular blog, Bitches Gotta Eat. In her 2013 debut essay collection, Meaty, Irby writes graphically about her relationships, being African American, taco feasts, her weight, bouts with Crohn’s disease, and her day job as a receptionist at an animal hospital. Her candidness and vulnerability are searingly funny and heartbreaking, borne by a voice that speaks to sexual politics, race and the pursuit of happiness.

Meaty, originally published by Giron, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as part of its Discover Great New Writers Program. It is not only being republished by Vintage and Anchor Books, it is also the basis for a new FX series, with Irby as a co-creator alongside Abbi Jacobson of Broad City and Jessi Klein, writer for Inside Amy Schumer.

Irby’s second book of essays—We are Never Meeting in Real Life—was a New York Times bestseller. Indeed, it was praised by author Roxanne Gay as “close to perfect as an essay collection can get.”

Note: This conversation is likely to be R-rated and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

An Evening with Samantha IrbyMay 11, 6:00pmTraverse City National Writers SeriesComedian and New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby is famous her uproarious and popular blog, Bitches Gotta Eat. In her debut essay collection, Meaty, Irby laughs her way through relationships, being black, and bouts with Crohn’s disease. Meaty is being republished and is the basis for a new FX series.
Audience discretion advised.

HONESTY IS THE NEW TRUTH. SIDE-SPLITTING HUMOR!
Comedian, blogger and New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby is famous her uproarious and enormously popular blog, Bitches Gotta Eat. In her 2013 debut essay collection, Meaty, Irby writes graphically about her relationships, being African American, taco feasts, her weight, bouts with Crohn’s disease, and her day job as a receptionist at an animal hospital. Her candidness and vulnerability are searingly funny and heartbreaking, borne by a voice that speaks to sexual politics, race and the pursuit of happiness.

Meaty, originally published by Giron, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as part of its Discover Great New Writers Program. It is not only being republished by Vintage and Anchor Books, it is also the basis for a new FX series, with Irby as a co-creator alongside Abbi Jacobson of Broad City and Jessi Klein, writer for Inside Amy Schumer.

Irby’s second book of essays—We are Never Meeting in Real Life—was a New York Times bestseller. Indeed, it was praised by author Roxanne Gay as “close to perfect as an essay collection can get.”

Note: This conversation is likely to be R-rated and may not be suitable for younger audiences.
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