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October 20, 2005
Library of Congress Veterans History Project to Host Four-City Book Tour For Latest Publication, "Forever a Soldier"
Veterans in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Indianapolis and Palm Coast, Fla., To Be Honored
"Forever a Soldier: Unforgettable Stories of Wartime Service" will be published by National Geographic Books in association with the Library of Congress on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Author and Veterans History Project historian Tom Wiener and several of the 37 veterans featured in the book will participate in a four-city book tour in November and December. A book-signing with the author will follow each program. All programs are free and open to the public.
"The purpose of the tour is to promote our second book published by the Library of Congress and National Geographic Books while honoring the veterans’ stories that are featured in the book," said Diane Kresh, director of the Veterans History Project. "We are pleased to be hosting a four-city book tour with official partners who are critical to our nationwide initiative."
"Forever a Soldier" is a compilation of personal narratives of wartime service from World War I through the current conflict in Iraq. Material includes letters, diaries, private memoirs and oral histories collected by the Veterans History Project. Each story is unique, but taken as a whole the compilation puts a familiar face on the universal realities of war: courage and fear, horror and exhilaration, sorrow and triumph.
A companion Web site to the book with selected stories can be viewed at www.loc.gov/foreverasoldier. All 37 stories will be accessible on this site when the book is published in November.
"Forever a Soldier," a 352-page hardcover book with more than 65 illustrations, will be available in November for $26 in bookstores nationwide and through the Library’s Sales Shop, Washington, DC 20540-4985. Credit card orders will be taken at (888) 682-3557. Online orders can be placed at www.loc.gov/shop.
The earlier volume, "Voices of War," is now available in bookstores nationwide and through the Library’s Sales Shop for $30 in hardcover and for $16 in paperback. A companion Web site is also accessible at www.loc.gov/voicesofwar.
Authorized by legislation passed by Congress in 2000, the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is a nationwide volunteer effort to collect and preserve oral histories from America’s war veterans. The collection is housed at the Library of Congress. To date more than 40,000 individual submissions have been received. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to e-mail the Veterans History Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project kit. For more information about the Veterans History Project, visit www.loc.gov/vets.
BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE
Book-signing with the author to follow each program. All programs are free and open to the public.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, Erlanger, First Tennessee and Channel 3 Eyewitness News, the program features author Tom Wiener interviewing veterans James Dorris and Roger Ingvalson. Book talk to be held at the Girls Preparatory School Auditorium (205 Island Avenue, Chattanooga). To reserve a seat, call (423) 778-8387.
Atlanta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Atlanta History Center and Americans Remembered, the program features author Tom Wiener interviewing World War II veteran Robert Powell at the Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall (130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta). To reserve a seat, call (404) 814-4051.
Palm Coast, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day)
Sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Flagler County Public Library, the program features author Tom Wiener interviewing World War II veterans Giles McCoy and Augustus Prince at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8696 (47 N. Old King Road, Palm Coast). To reserve a seat, call (386) 446-6763.
Indianapolis, Ind., Friday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Library of Congress and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the program features author Tom Wiener interviewing Julia Haskell at the Indiana War Memorial (431 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis). To reserve a seat, call (317) 226-5555.
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