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Phil Klay

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books is proud to welcome Phil Klay, author of the National Book Award winning Redeployment, for a celebration of his latest book, Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War. This free event will be hosted in the Algonquin Room at Magic City Books on Monday May 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Phil will be joined in conversation by Matt Gallagher, a Tulsa Artist Fellow and author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War and Empire City.

The chasm between the military and the civilian in American life, and the moral blind spot it has created, is one of the great themes of Uncertain Ground, Phil Klay’s powerful series of reckonings with some of our country’s thorniest concerns, written in essay form over the past ten years. In the name of what do we ask young Americans to kill, and to die? In the name of what does this country hang together? As we see at every turn in these pages, those two questions have a great deal to do with each another, and how we answer them will go a long way toward deciding where our troubled country goes from here.

Uncertain Ground will be published on May 17, 2022 and will be for sale at Magic City Books. You can order a copy online at https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/uncertain-ground/756.

About Uncertain Ground

From the author of Redeployment and Missionaries, an astonishing fever graph of the effects of twenty years of war in a brutally divided America

 

When Phil Klay left the Marines a decade ago after serving as an officer in Iraq, he found himself a part of the community of veterans who have no choice but to grapple with the meaning of their wartime experiences–for themselves and for the country. American identity has always been bound up in war–from the revolutionary war of our founding, to the civil war that ended slavery, to the two world wars that launched America as a superpower. What did the current wars say about who we are as a country, and how should we respond as citizens?

Unlike in previous eras of war, relatively few Americans have had to do any real grappling with the endless, invisible conflicts of the post-9/11 world; in fact, increasingly few people are even aware they are still going on. It is as if these wars are a dark star with a strong gravitational force that draws a relatively small number of soldiers and their families into its orbit while remaining inconspicuous to most other Americans. In the meantime, the consequences of American military action abroad may be out of sight and out of mind, but they are very real indeed.

This chasm between the military and the civilian in American life, and the moral blind spot it has created, is one of the great themes of Uncertain Ground, Phil Klay’s powerful series of reckonings with some of our country’s thorniest concerns, written in essay form over the past ten years. In the name of what do we ask young Americans to kill, and to die? In the name of what does this country hang together? As we see at every turn in these pages, those two questions have a great deal to do with each another, and how we answer them will go a long way toward deciding where our troubled country goes from here. 

Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and the author of Redeployment, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, and Missionaries, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2020 by The Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Atlantic, and elsewhere. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University and is a board member for Arts in the Armed Forces.

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Date:
May 23
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Organizer

Magic City Books

Venue

Magic City Books
221 E. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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