Two Soldiers’ Stories: Lebanon, Iraq & Back

Announcement ImageAnnouncement Date : Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York 14222
Date: May 16, 2017
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Join best-selling authors Brian Castner & Matti Friedman for a memorable evening on the experiences of war in Lebanon & Iraq as well as the heartbreaks after returning home. Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Artistic Director Barbara Cole will be the moderator for the evening.

Brian Castner is a Buffalo-born war veteran turned memoirist, who served three tours of duty in the Middle East. His first book, The Long Walk: A Story of Way and the Life That Follows, is the story of his struggle to survive modern combat in Iraq and his personal tale of confronting the new person he had become upon returning home to his family back in Buffalo. His most recent book, All the Ways We Kill and Die, was named a Best Book by Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Toronto-born Matti Friedman was a reporter and editor in the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press (AP) news agency between 2006 and the end of 2011. During his journalistic career, he also worked as a reporter in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Moscow, and Washington, D.C. His first book, The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Friedman’s most recent book, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War, focuses on the Israeli occupation of Lebanon.