Jan. 9 event: Women Writing the Vietnam War

The Society of Midland Authors presents
Women Writing the Vietnam War
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
at the Harold Washington Library Center,

400 S. State St., Chicago.
— No advance registration is required.
— Free and open to the public.

Three authors will discuss their books about the Vietnam War:

Barbara Shoup: An American Tune

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Nora Quillen hears someone call her real name, which she hasn’t heard in 25 years. Back in the ’60s she was Jane Barth, a student involved in the antiwar movement. The novel tells the story of Jane, a girl who fled town after she was complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the wife and mother she became. It shows the irrevocability of our choices and how those choices compose the tune of our lives.

Rita Dragonette: The Fourteenth of September

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Private Judy Talton celebrates her 19th birthday by secretly joining the campus anti-Vietnam War movement. In doing so, she jeopardizes her future and family. But her doubts have escalated with the war. Who is she if she stays in the army? What is she if she leaves? Judy’s coming of conscience journey propels her toward a lie-altering choice as fateful as that of any male draftee.

Paulette Livers: Cementville

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Favored sons of a small town joined the National Guard hoping to avoid the draft and the killing fields of Vietnam. They were sent into combat anyway, and seven were killed in a single, horrific ambush. The return of the bodies sets off something inside the town itself–a divisive political reality, a gnawing unease with the future–pushing the families of Cementville further into grief and alienation.