Anthony Swofford - Hospitals, Hotels and Jails
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
Anthony Swofford's new memoir, Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails, chronicles how in the years after the success of his book Jarhead, he went on a binge of self-destructive excess. He lost almost everything and everyone that mattered to him.
Swofford pulled himself out of his near-deadly slump by reconnecting with his estranged and dying father, a philandering, hard-drinking Vietnam veteran. The two stubborn men took off on a series of RV trips where they frequently butted heads while slowly learning to understand one another.
Co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the UMKC English Department; organized by Kansas City author Whitney Terrell.