We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
If you’re not big on war literature, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation may encourage you to reconsider when it hosts a dual reading by Philip Caputo and Kevin Powers, two authors who have published acclaimed works based on their military experiences. Caputo released A Rumor of War, a memoir about his experience as a Marine lieutenant during the Vietnam War, in 1977; more than three decades later, Powers wrote The Yellow Birds, a novel based on his time serving in Iraq. Neither Caputo nor Powers intended to chronicle the history of those wars, nor do they believe that their stories represent everyone who served. They’ll speak, instead, about how writing allowed them to process their time at war and share portions of their stories, which resonate loudly. Philip Caputo and Kevin Powers read at 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. (202) 898-9063. penfaulkner.org.