June 3, 2005
Library of Congress contacts: Anneliesa Clump Behrend [email protected];
Helen Dalrymple [email protected]
Public Contact: (202) 707-4916
Veterans History Project to Host Book Talk
Author Karen Spears Zacharias Discusses Her Personal Story from
the Vietnam War
a recording of this Book Talk]
Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias will discuss her book, “Hero
Mama: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost in Vietnam and
the Mother Who Held Her Family Together,” at 2 p.m. on
Friday, June 17, in the West Dining Room of the James Madison
Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
The multimedia presentation coincides with the national reunion
of “Sons and Daughters in Touch,” an organization
for adult children of service members killed in Vietnam, and
is sponsored by the Library’s Publishing Office and Veterans
Reservations may be made by phone; call (202) 707-6179. Reserved
seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before the start of
the program, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed
seats. All programs are free, but seating is limited.
Zacharias knows firsthand the shock and life-altering sorrow
of losing a parent to war. In her book “Hero Mama,” she
tells the absorbing and sometimes searing story of what happened
to her family following her father’s death in Vietnam.
Zacharias has traveled thousands of miles and lectured extensively
as an advocate for families losing loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Zacharias’ writing has been featured in The New York Times,
Newsweek and on National Public Radio’s “Morning
Edition” and “All Things Considered.” She lectures
at universities and at literary, civic and veterans events around
the nation. Her columns and news stories have won dozens of awards,
including the C.B. Blethen Award for Distinguished Feature Writing.
She was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year in 1997
for “Benched: The Memories of Judge Rufe McCombs.”
Zacharias serves on the national advisory board of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Center, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial
and The Virtual Wall.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center
is a nationwide volunteer effort to collect and preserve oral
histories from America's war veterans. The collection is housed
at the Library of Congress. To date the archives has received
nearly 35,000 individual submissions. Those who are interested
in participating are encouraged to e-mail the Veterans History
Project at [email protected] or
to call toll-free (888) 371-5848 to request a free project kit.
For more information about the Veterans
History Project, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets.
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