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CR Book of the Year author Kevin Powers to appear twice in Eureka



College of the Redwoods Book of the Year author Kevin Powers will visit Eureka on Thursday, February 25. Powers’ book The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive, written by a veteran of the war in Iraq. Each year the College selects a Book of the Year to encourage discussion among students, staff and the community, and to help augment courses and programs at the college.


Powers will read from his novel that evening on CR’s Eureka campus at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theater.   A Q & A session and a book signing will follow this reading.  Copies of his book will be for sale as well.  Admission is free and the public is invited.  For more information about this event, contact Vinnie Peloso, CR Book of the Year committee chair, at 707-476-4565 or email


Before the CR visit, at 1:00 p.m., Powers will meet and greet area veterans at the Eureka Veterans Auditorium, 10th Street and I Street, Eureka.  All local veterans are welcome to attend this free and informal event.  Local veteran service providers will also be on hand with information of interest to veterans, their families and friends.  Light refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored in partnership with the CR Veterans Resource Center.  For more information, contact Crystal Morse, CR Veterans Program Coordinator at 707-476-4110 or email


Tax deductible donations to the CR Veterans Scholarship Fund can be made at both events or sent to College of the Redwoods, Attn: Scholarship Office, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka, Calif., 95501.


Hailed by Tom Wolfe as "The All Quiet on the Western Front of America's Arab wars,” Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times has written, “… The Yellow Birds is brilliantly observed and deeply affecting: at once a freshly imagined bildungsroman about a soldier's coming of age, a harrowing story about the friendship of two young men trying to stay alive on the battlefield in Iraq, and a philosophical parable about the loss of innocence and the uses of memory...Extraordinary."


Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.  After joining the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and serving for six years, Powers deployed to Iraq from 2004 to 2005 as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar.  The Yellow Birds is his first novel.


To learn more about the Yellow Birds and Kevin Powers, visit his website


And to learn more about CR’s Veteran Resource Center and Program, visit their website, email  or call 707-476-4110.


Spring 2016 Book of the Year Class

Sign up for the Book of the Year Discussion group class, Reading 10, E9793, one unit, late-start, online class beginning 2/1/16.

Fall 2015 Events

In conjunction with Veterans Week 2015 and CR’s 2015/16 Book of the Year, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, CR’s Veterans Resource Center and Book of the Year Committee are proud to announce two free screenings of the 2007 documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience for all students and staff.


The first screening will take place on our Del Norte campus in Crescent City on Thursday, 11/5, at 1:00 pm in DM 15.


And the second screening will be on our Eureka campus Thursday, 11/12, at 3:00 pm in HU 110. 


A discussion moderated by student and staff veterans will follow both screenings.  And snacks will be available (the DN event is a potluck).


A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers, Marines, and air men, Operation Homecoming has been described as “… a remarkable portrait of troops at war - the complexities, doubts, and fears - written with honesty…” with interviews with famous writers who are also veterans such as Tim O'Brien, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Tobias Wolff among others.


More information about the film can be found here


More information about CR’s Veterans Resource Center can be found here.


Look for the Book of the Year at the CR Football team's "Salute to the Military" on Saturday 9/19, during the home game with Cabrillo College at 1:00 pm.  “Honoring our Veterans and our current military is important, not only to the college, but to our program where we focus on the some of the values we share with the military: dignity, hard-work, integrity and teamwork” says head coach Frank Borba.

Look for the Book of the Year at the North Coast Stand Down, 10/2 and 10/3, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, Ferndale.