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California Reads

California Reads is a reading and discussion series designed to promote civic dialogue and meaningful conversation related to the theme War Comes Home.

SDCL branches across the county will be participating in California Reads, with various book discussions, guest speakers, related movie screenings, craft programs, and other programs being offered from September through November 2014.

California Reads Selected Title

What It Is Like to Go to War

What It Is Like to Go to War
by Karl Marlantes

Written nearly 40 years after his own tour of duty in Vietnam, Karl Marlantes' What It Is Like to Go to War recounts his experience of going to war and coming home through the lens of time and memory, illuminated by insights drawn from his study of history, literature, psychology, and philosophy.

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California Reads Events

Author Visit: T. Jefferson Parker

Fallbrook Library
September 23 • 6 p.m.

Encinitas Library
October 18 • 12:15 p.m.

Join T. Jefferson Parker for the launch of his new novel, Full Measure, at the Fallbrook Library. The book is about a young Marine who returns from Afghanistan to Fallbrook in the aftermath of a wildfire, to his devastated family, and to his disabled brother, who is struggling with his own battles. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Parker will also be appearing at the Encinitas Library Book Festival in October.

For more information, please contact the hosting branch library.

War Ink

San Diego County Library is looking for local veterans with military-related tattoos to be featured in War Ink, a photography exhibit presented as part of California Reads.

Learn more and submit your tattoo »

California Reads is a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.