As many of you know, I removed the original post about Marcus Luttrell appearing at the Texas Book Festival, as Marcus had decided not to appear. Marcus has reconsidered and confirmed as of Thursday, that he would be appearing afterall. The moderator has been changed and I’m really looking forward to an interesting day. This is FANTASTIC news and I’m excited to be able to meet Marcus once again. Those of you who had previously made plans to attend this event, to see Marcus, will have that opportunity once again. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there, who is able to attend. I sincerely hope that as many of us as possible can attend to show Marcus how much his book has touched our lives and show him support.
As most of you know, we’ve been following Marcus Luttrell closely, since the release of his book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, ever since the book was released in June. I am pleased to announce that Marcus will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival on November 3, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Due to this being such a huge event in Austin, the session with Marcus will be held at the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 1201 Lavaca Street in Austin.
The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy. Mrs. Bush created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place at the Capitol in November 1996; the Festival has quickly evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country, annually hosting over 200 Texas and nationally known authors. In 2006, more than 45,000 visitors participated in a week-end of author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and musical entertainment at the State Capitol in Austin.
As you can imagine, this opportunity is a great honor for Marcus. This will allow him to continue his mission of telling his story and that of his fellow commrades of SEAL Team 10, who perished on that fateful mission. I’m hoping that many of our readers, will be able to join us on November 3rd to show our support for Marcus and help him honor his fallen commrades. I’ll give you a quick run-down of what is planned for that day.
Marcus Luttrell, now retired Navy SEAL, has served deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. His book describes in stark detail the harrowing events that occurred during his 2005 deployment in Afghanistan. Events of which he was the only survivor. Marcus’s book, is a story of extreme bravery, courage, determination and sacrifice. Marcus tells of the heroism and courage of his fellow SEALS, Lt. Michael Murphy, (Marcus’ best friend), Petty Officer Matthew Axelson and Petty Officer Danny Dietz, along with 13 other Heroes who attempted to rescue them from the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and whose helicopter was shot down by the Taliban. Marcus tells of his ultimate escape and rescue by Pashtun villagers, who risked their lives to save his and ultimately Marcus tells of the brave men who flew into those mountains teeming with enemy forces to rescue him and bring him to safety. Marcus dedicates his book to the heroic actions of his fallen commrades and is donating the proceeds of his book to wounded warrior charities, as well as creating trust funds for the children of his fallen commrades. Following his rescue, Marcus tells in painstaking detail his visits to the families of his fallen bretheren and of the dreams that continue to haunt him to this day. Yet throughout his ordeal, Marcus remains steadfast in his belief in the cause our nation’s Armed Forces are fighting for, and his patriotism if anything has grown stronger because of what he endured.
Joining Marcus in the question and answer session is fellow Texas author, Brandon Friedman, whose book, The War I Always Wanted: The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War, who also, is a veteran of tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, serving as an officer with the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Brandon’s experiences in both warzones, was much different than that of Marcus, and Brandon walked away from his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, disillusioned and questioning the mission that US forces have been tasked with.
Moderating the question and answer session on November 3rd will be Jim Hornfischer, military historian and literary agent, who will talk to both Marcus and Brandon about their books and about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is sure to be a very interesting and thought provoking session, regardless of your personal beliefs about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I would urge everyone who is able to, to make time in their schedule to attend this event. Afterwards both authors will be available to sign their books at the Barnes and Nobles Book Signing Tent, located at Colorado and 13th Street in Austin.
To find out more information about this particular event, as well as the others that are planned for the Texas Book Festival on November 3-4, 2007 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, please visit the Texas Book Festival website.