Saturday evening I volunteered at the Pritzker Military Library‘s 2013 Liberty Gala. The event was held at the Chicago Hilton. It honored veterans past and present, showcased the library’s amazing collection and resources, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the library. That evening, Vietnam veteran and author Tim O’Brien was awarded the 2013 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
On Friday, the Library held their first Military Symposium day. I heard four sessions. While I’m not ready to leave World War II research for more current wars and conflicts, Tim O’Brien’s session really spoke to me and I took six pages of notes on things to consider and books to read. The other sessions were wonderful, but Tim’s really hit home. I hope the Library holds another symposium next year.
Session 1: Vietnam Combat Novelists: Writing for Peace Featuring a conversation between Tim O’Brien and Karl Marlantes.
Session 2: The Korean War An interview of Allan Millett by Paul Herbert
Session 3: Big Men of World War II A discussion with Gerhard Weinberg moderated by Dr. John Allen Williams
Session 4: Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War A lecture by Sir Max Hastings
I spend a lot of time at Pritzker Military Library researching and writing my books, researching for clients and attending lectures. The staff there is phenomenal. For every question I ask, they find an answer. Have you been to the Library? If not, I encourage you to visit. Become a member to take advantage of their great benefits, free programs, and borrowing privileges. It will be money well spent.
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