- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Military veterans will have a new place to gather and talk about their service.

The Illinois Humanities Council and the Old State Capitol Historic Site will host monthly book discussions beginning Nov. 6, as a way to spark conversations about veterans’ personal military experiences.

A second gathering on Nov. 13 will feature author and Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay. He wrote the short-story collection “Redeployment.” The finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction focuses on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The idea of the book group is to provide an informal setting for veterans to connect and share their experiences through the discussion of literature.

The group will read works from various eras, including Stephen Crane’s Civil War-era short story “The Veteran” and Ernest Hemingway’s “Soldier’s Home.”

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