Rice’s Baker Institute, Houston Public Libraries host author talk Nov. 2 in honor of Veterans Day

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David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Rice’s Baker Institute, Houston Public Libraries host author talk Nov. 2 in honor of Veterans Day 

HOUSTON – (Oct. 24, 2016) – Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and veterans Robert Olen Butler and Bruce Weigl will speak at an event hosted jointly by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Houston Public Libraries Nov. 2.

The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Va. Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice University

The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Va. Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice University

Co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Roundtable and Roundtable Young Professionals and Houston Public Libraries, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Robert Olen Butler, author of “A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain” and poet Bruce Weigl, author of “Song of Napalm.” Both served in the Vietnam War.

What: “Roundtable Mixer: Veterans and Viewpoints” event.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library, 550 McKinney St.

The literary evening will honor the service of veterans, who now make up over 20 percent of the Roundtable Young Professionals group.

The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1824.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.