University bookshelf: Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler
Veterans Day is November 11. Fittingly, Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer and Vietnam veteran Robert Olen Butler will offer a craft talk and a reading on Thursday, Nov. 10 as part of the fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The fall series, unintentionally, featured three writers whose work has explored war and its effects on soldiers and their families. Still, Joseph Bathanti, the series director and professor of creative writing in Appalachian’s Department of English, explained: “This gathering of writers within a single semester does underscore Appalachian’s commitment to veterans and their families, and it also underscores the work that the university’s Appalachian Veterans Arts and Humanities Collective is embarking on.”
Butler’s novel, “Perfume River,” examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.