Due to today's snow and ice, we are rescheduling tonight's event with Elliot Ackerman and Ben Fountain for Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Your original tickets for Friday will be honored at the door on Sunday afternoon. If you cannot join us Sunday, please let us know in advance, and we will offer you a ticket of equal value to another program this season.
The box office will be open at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email ArtsandLettersLive@dma.org.
Promotional Partner: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and a former White House Fellow whose debut novel, Green on Blue, will be published in February. Author Khaled Hosseini hailed it as “utterly absorbing. . . . a morally complex tale of revenge, loyalty, and brotherly love.” A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he spent eight years as a CIA Paramilitary Officer and a Marine Corps Special Operations Officer. Ackerman earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role leading a platoon in the 2004 Battle of Fallujah and a Bronze Star for Valor in Afghanistan in 2008. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker and the Atlantic.
Inspired by Ackerman’s experiences embedded with tribal armies in Afghanistan, Green on Blue is told from the perspective of Aziz, an Afghan orphan recruited by a US-funded militia. Author Azar Nafisi said, “What makes Green on Blue so brilliantly poignant is Ackerman’s feeling of empathy, his ability to get under his characters’ skin, reminding us not only of our vast differences but of our shared common humanity.”
Ben Fountain, award-winning author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, will share insights and moderate the conversation.