California Reads at Oakland Public Library: "War Comes Home to Oakland" Community Discussion

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Oakland Public Library is participating in California Reads this year. California Reads is a state-wide read, and provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.

The title selected for the read is What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes. Marlantes is a Vietnam veteran, a Rhodes Scholar, and the author of the New York Times best-selling novel Matterhorn. His newest book has received much reader and critical acclaim since publication in 2011, and has frequently been cited by veterans as the work that best expresses their experience. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it “ought to be mandatory reading by potential infantry recruits and by residents of any nation that sends its kids—Marlantes’s word—into combat.” The book is available at all locations now.  

We'll discuss excerpts from this book and a photograph to spark this community dialog. You don't have to read the entire book to participate, although it will help inform the discussion. 

This program is part of the library's California Reads grant. California Reads is a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Cal Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


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Temescal Branch

5205 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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