Past Event

National Book Award Finalist Phil Klay in Springfield

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is presenting U.S.Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, a collection of short stories about war and its psychological impact, at the Old State Capitol Historic Site on Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 PM, for a free book reading and discussion. Klay‘s recent book is one of five finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction.

The Author
Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College in New York City, and received his MFA. “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

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Tour Schedule


Co-presented with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) and the Illinois Library Association, the event is open to the public, but registration is recommended and can be made online. Springfield is one of three Illinois cities Klay will visit; he will be in Urbana on November 11 and Carbondale on November 12.


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