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Gender & Genre in Military Writing

with Matt Gallagher and Jessica Scott
April 11th, 2016
7:00 PM


Monday, April 11, 2016

The Regulator Bookshop (720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705)

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with acclaimed writers Matt Gallagher and Jessica Scott. Gallagher and Scott are writers of fiction and non-fiction about military lives, and in their novels, both have portrayed soldiers' romantic lives. Drawing on their own experiences in the military and as writers, they'll talk about why they write, who the audiences are for their writing, and the role of gender and genre in the production and consumption of military-focused novels.


Earlier in the day, Matt Gallagher will talk about "Witnessing War" with Duke Divinity student and Iraq war veteran, retired Navy officer Giovanna Meek. This event, held in the Forum for Scholars and Publics space on Duke's West Campus, is also free and open to the public. You can find more information here. Please join us for both discussions with this exciting author!

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq war memoir Kaboom, based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, and Playboy, among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

His debut novel Youngblood was published in February 2016 from Atria/Simon & Schuster.

Read reviews of Youngblood:

"Review: 'Youngblood' an Urgent Novel about the Iraq War", by Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times, Jan. 21, 2016.

"'Youngblood' Review: A novel about the Iraq War from a soldier who was there," by Roxana Robinson, The Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2016.

Hear an interview with Gallagher by Susan Page on WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show, Feb. 23, 2016

Read an interview with Gallagher by Brian Castner in the LARB, January 26, 2016.

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America's Army. She is an active duty army officer, a veteran of the Iraq war, is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO. She and her family are currently wherever the army has sent her.

She has written for the New York Times "At War" blog, War on the Rocks, Point of View blog Regarding War: Women and War, and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012.

She has published 11 novels and novellas about soldiers returning from war and has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home.

She holds a master's Degree in Sociology from Duke University, a master's degree in Telecom Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a BA in Cultural Studies from the State University of New York. She is currently pursuing a phd in Sociology at Duke University.

Read about her "Homefront" series here.