The Veteran Experience Speaker Series

November 5, 2013 
McNair Hall, Rice University 
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Cocktail Reception Anderson Family Commons
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Veteran Experience Panel Shell Auditorium
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Book Signing  


Rice University and the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) present a new speaker series entitled “The Veteran Experience.” For Veterans Day Week 2013, the expert panel will consist of six famous veteran literary writers who will use their own writing as a lens to explain the “veteran experience” while also discussing their own military experience:

David AbramsDavid Abrams is the author of “Fobbit,” a comedy about the Iraq War which Publishers Weekly called “an instant classic” and named a Top 10 Pick for Literary Fiction in fall 2012. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a finalist for the L.A. Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His short stories have appeared in “Fire and Forget” (Da Capo Press, 2013) and “Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand” (Press 53), anthologies of short fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served twenty years on active duty in the U.S. Army, including a deployment with the 3rd Infantry Division to Iraq in 2005.
William BroylesWilliam Broyles, Jr. (Rice B.A. ’66) is a journalist and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, who has written such films as “Apollo 13,” “Cast Away,” “Entrapment,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Unfaithful,” “The Polar Express,” “Jarhead,” and “Flags of Our Father.” After graduating from Rice University and Oxford University where he was a Marshall Scholar, he served in Vietnam as an infantry lieutenant. Upon his return from combat, he served as the Founding Editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, later serving as editor-in-chief of Newsweek. After writing a critically acclaimed war memoir “Brothers in Arms,” he further explored Vietnam in the Emmy Award winning television show “China Beach” as both creator and writer.
Lea CarpenterLea Carpenter is the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Eleven Days.” She graduated from Princeton University with honors and was the valedictorian of her Harvard Business School class. She was the founding editor of the literary magazine Zoetrope and deputy publisher of The Paris Review. She lives in New York with her family and produces programming for the New York Public Library. “Eleven Days” was recently announced as a finalist for the prestigious Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.
Ben FountainBen Fountain is the author of the short story collection “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara,” which won the PEN Hemingway Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Prize for Fiction, and Whiting Writer’s Award. His novel “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. After graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina and Duke University Law School, he practiced real estate law in Dallas at the law firm of Akin Gump. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Slumdog Millionaire” is currently adapting his novel for the screen and in 2014-2016 he will hold the Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Texas State University. He lives in Dallas with his family.
Bruce Jay FriedmanBruce Jay Friedman is the author of eight novels, including such classics as “Stern” and “About Harry Towns,” and five story collections. He is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter, who has written many screenplays, including “Splash” and “Stir Crazy,” while the films “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Doctor Detroit,” and “The Lonely Guy” are all adapted from his work. He is also the author of three plays, including “Scuba Duba” and “Steam Bath.” He recently released his critically acclaimed memoir “Lucky Bruce.”
Karl MarlantesKarl Marlantes is the author of both the New York Times bestselling novel “Matterhorn,” which won the prestigious Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, William Colby Prize, and the Indies Choice book Award in 2010, and the recent war memoir “What It Is Like To Go To War” which was a New York Times bestseller. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, after graduating from Yale University. He served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. After returning home from combat, he worked as an international energy consultant for thirty years.    


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