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UALBANY GRADUATE AND IRAQ WAR VETERAN, TO READ AND DISCUSS HIS MEMOIR, GHOSTS OF WAR: THE TRUE STORY OF A 19-YEAR OLD GI

NYS Writers Institute, Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:15 p.m. Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

EVENT LISTING:
Ryan Smithson, UAlbany graduate and Rotterdam resident, will read from his memoir, Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year Old GI (2009), at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, on the UAlbany Uptown Campus. This reading is free and open to the public.

Ghosts of WarThe Griffin Theatre Company of Chicago will perform an adaptation of Ghosts of War at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, in the Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center, on the UAlbany Uptown Campus.

Advance tickets: $15 general public/$10 students, seniors and UAlbany faculty/staff. Day of show tickets, $20 general public/$15 students, seniors and UAlbany faculty/staff. Contact the box office at (518) 442-3997.

Presented by the New York State Writers Institute in collaboration with the Performing Arts Center and UAlbany’s English Department. Funding support provided by University Auxiliary Services, The University at Albany Foundation, the UAlbany Alumni Foundation and the Hampton Inn.

PROFILE:
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 changed Ryan Smithson’s life. After graduation from Columbia High School in East Greenbush, he enlisted in the Army Reserves. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and what he saw during his tour of duty haunted him.
When Smithson returned home, writing was his therapy. His unflinchingly honest portrayal of the war in Iraq, Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year Old GI, was published in 2009. School Library Journal described Ghosts of War as “a thorough but powerful look at one man’s experiences,” and Publishers Weekly wrote, “Smithson avoids writing either pro-war  
propaganda or an antimilitary polemic, providing instead a fascinating, often humorous – and occasionally devastating - account of the motivations and life of a contemporary soldier.”

Smithson will speak about his life, his book and his time in Iraq at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center on the UAlbany Uptown Campus. A book signing will follow the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

A stage performance of Ghosts of War by Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, in the Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center, on the UAlbany Uptown Campus. Smithson will attend the performance and participate in a post-show discussion. Advance tickets for the Ghosts of War stage performance are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. A 20% discount for veterans is available for this show. For reservations and further information, contact the box office at (518) 442-3997.

Smithson received his master’s in English from the University at Albany. He has traveled the country making public appearances at colleges, high schools, libraries and education conferences and he continues to benefit from the therapeutic aspects of writing and storytelling.

Smithson’s reading and the Ghosts of War stage performance are presented by the NYS Writers Institute, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center and UAlbany’s English Department. Funding support provided by University Auxiliary Services, the University at Albany Foundation, the UAlbany Alumni Association, and the Hampton Inn.

For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst