California Reads + Author Tour

California Reads

War Comes Home

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List of Participating CA Reads Libraries      Map of 2014 CAR Libraries

What is it like to be a veteran? What does it mean to come home from war? 

Many joined our statewide read of best-selling novelist Karl Marlantes’ book, What It Is Like to Go to War (Grove/Atlantic 2011). In fall of 2014, hundreds of events promoting thoughtful reflection and lively discussion at libraries, campuses, schools, and community organizations were held throughout California.

As part of our War Comes Home initiative, 43 library systems across the state presented reading and discussion programs, oral history collection, story-sharing projects, art-making activities, community forums and dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, film screenings, and civic engagement and community service projects to support veterans and their families. Over 240 branch libraries were involved, along with hundreds of community partners, including local veteran- and active military-serving organizations, schools, colleges, museums, cultural organizations, social service organizations, government agencies, and booksellers. 

Karl Marlantes toured and spoke with community audiences in Northern and Southern California.

We want YOU to participate!

  • Read the book!  Get a copy from your local bookseller or library or through online vendors.
  • Attend programs at your local participating CA Reads library (click for map).
  • Organize a reading group at your workplace, school, veterans agency, or civic or faith-based organization, using our free discussion guide which includes questions, an author interview, and other helpful resources. Special discounts on bulk purchases are available through the publisher – contact Felicia Kelley for details.
  • Share the high school curriculum developed by the California History-Social Science Project with teachers in your community. This free curriculum is designed for 11th & 12th grade history and civics classes and aligns with state and national standards.

For more information you can access recorded webinars and a map of  the current round of awarded libraries below: 

War Comes Home Partner Resources (logos, images, etc.)

Discussion Guide: What It Is Like to Go to War

Curriculum Guide: What It Is Like to Go to War 

List of Participating CA Reads Libraries

Map of Participating CA Reads Libraries

CA Reads Info Session with Veteran Advocate Jason Deitch

Cal Humanities' statewide initiative, War Comes Home

California Reads is a program of California 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.


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