Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK.
From over in Idaho’s Wood River Valley with a book that has some local relevance, but even more, carries a larger resonance that is broad, deep, and quietly powerful, comes Sarah Sentilles with Draw Your Weapons (Random House). At this book’s heart are stories of a man who was a conscientious objector in World War II and a young man (now) who was a US military prison guard at Abu Ghraib: from these, Sarah Sentilles asks questions, looks at histories, courses, fates, and considers.
“A beautiful, haunting book so original that it is a genre unto itself—a poem, a sermon, a polemic, a memoir, a narrative . . . I won’t be able to think of our era of constant conflict without recalling Sentilles’s lessons, her imagery, and her prophetic voice.”—Franklin Foer.
“Now more than ever, the world needs a book like Draw Your Weapons. With mastery, urgency, and great courage, Sarah Sentilles investigates the histories of art, violence, war, and human survival. In her haunting and absorbing narrative, the act of storytelling itself becomes a matter of life and death.”—Ruth Ozeki.
Hedgebrook, we will add, played even more of a role in this book’s happening than the considerable role it already plays in fostering and helping develop new work, as the book’s Acknowledgements attests.