Desert Mementos: Stories of Iraq and Nevada CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk
February 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Desert Mementos: Stories of Iraq and Nevada
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Reception: 5:30 – 6pm
at the Brick, 108 E Proctor St, Carson City
On Tuesday, February 26, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] will present a public event by writer Caleb Cage. Cage will read from his collection of short stories, Desert Mementos: Stories of Iraq and Nevada. The event is part of CCAI’s ongoing Nevada Neighbors series and will take place at 6pm at the Brick, 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Cage preceding the event at 5:30pm. No tickets needed; the public is cordially invited.
Amazon describes his book as: “Desert Mementos is a collection of loosely connected short stories set during the early stages of the Iraq War (2004 and 2005). The stories rotate from battles with insurgents and the drudgery of the war machine in Iraq to Nevada, where characters are either preparing for war, escaping it during their leave, or returning home having seen what they’ve seen.
“Cage captures similarities in the respective desert landscapes of both Iraq and Nevada, but it is not just a study in contrasting landscapes. The inter-connected stories explore similarities and differences in human needs from the perspectives of vastly different cultures. Specifically, the stories deftly capture the overlap in the respective desert landscapes of each region, the contrasting cultures and worldviews, and the common need for hope. Taken together, the stories represent the arc of a year-long deployment by young soldiers. Cage’s stories are bound together by the soldier’s searing experiences in the desert, bookended by leaving and returning home to Nevada, which in many ways can be just as disorienting as patrolling the Iraq desert.”