Join veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars Elliott Ackerman and Phil Klay for a discussion of Ackerman’s debut novel, GREEN ON BLUE, the harrowing story of two Afghan brothers brutally conscripted into the conflict around them. Klay’s National Book Award winning collection of stories, REDEPLOYMENT, contemplates the soldier’s struggle to retain a sense of identity as he is torn between his civilian and military life. Together, these authors will render in sharp relief a morally complex and jarringly complete image of war, from its psychological repercussions to its global reverberations.
Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. He currently lives in Istanbul and writes on the Syrian Civil War.
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. In 2014 Klay’s short story collection Redeployment was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and won the National Book Award for Fiction. He was also named a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree in 2014.