The event is free and open to the public.
Joining Holmstedt, who is W&M’s Donaldson Writer-in-Residence for 2010-2011, will be Army Specialist Elainena Filion, a retired combat veteran who served in Iraq in 2005-2006.
Holmstedt’s books – Band of Sisters and The Girls Come Marching Home – chronicle the lives of dozens of women who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Critics have hailed them as “lyrical, visceral and potent.”
The 7 p.m. program will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. Holmstedt’s appearance is the inaugural event of the English Department’s Patrick Hayes Writer’s Series for the academic year.
For further information about the event, please contact Professor Ava Coibion (firstname.lastname@example.org.)