“I joined the 2nd platoon of Charlie Company with 46 men in March of 1967 and ended up with only four men left in December of 1967.”
Sadly, these sobering words are not found in an embellished work of fiction, dramatized for affect. Instead, they can be found in “395 Days” a detailed book written by local author and Vietnam veteran Gary Kasten.
Kasten spent 395 days in the Vietnam jungle, arriving there in 1967. Almost immediately upon returning home from his tour of duty, he began writing down all of his experiences hoping to alleviate the stress and burden that the memories carried. He vividly describes those 395 days – from the food and sights to the unmitigated fear he and the other men faced.
Kasten joins the Milford-Miami Twp. Branch Library on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:30 am to discuss and read excerpts from his book. He has witnessed things many of us have only ever read or seen in movies — don’t miss this opportunity to experience living history.
Space for Mr. Kasten’s presentation is limited so stop by the branch or call (513) 248-0700 to reserve your spot.
The 137th Kentucky Derby will be run on May 7. Once the most exciting two minutes in sports are over, maintain the glow with some classic horse stories. How about a horse biography? Read about Seabiscuit, Man o’ War, Secretariat, or Funny Cide. Feeling more like fiction? Try the mystery thrillers of former jockey Dick Francis, or Fern Michaels’ horse farm trilogy of Kentucky Rick, Kentucky Heat, and Kentucky Sunrise. Horse movies abound. Check out The Black Stallion, The Derby Stallion, National Velvet, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Shadow of the Thin Man, and Virginia’s Run. For a behind the scenes look at the lives of trainers and their horses, watch the documentary The First Saturday in May.
Stop by the Union Twp. Branch on April 8 and 9 from 9:30-4 and check out our used book fair. A variety of used items including books, videos, and CDs will be on hand.
Proceeds from the fair will benefit the branch as well as help them get ready to move since the new branch is coming later this year.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Remember him by reading about his life or listening to his music.
Stop by the Williamsburg Branch every Thursday from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for an informal writing group. Inspire, offer suggestions, or act as a sounding board for other writers. Call the branch at 513-724-1070 for more details.
Resources for writers: