Learning to Stay: Conversations about Veterans


Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield [film screening]
ABC News correspondent, Bob Woodruff who was critically injured in 2006 while covering the war in Iraq, reports on military medical advances and technology from the battlefield to the return home. Following the film, Dr. Michael Messina, Director of Psychology Training at William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, will lead a discussion about the challenges and issues veterans face. More information & trailer.

Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 pm
Room 302, Central Library

Wisconsin Remembers: a Face for Every Name [exhibit]
Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum created this travelling exhibit that features a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. More information about the exhibit.

Monday, March 6 – Thursday, March 9
Madison Room, Central Library


Learning to Stay

Book Discussion Kits
Local author Erin Celello's novel, Learning To Stay, addresses the issues of veteran trauma and PTSD through the story of a married couple coming to terms with the after-effects of trauma when the husband returns from Iraq. Call Madison Public Library to reserve multiple copies of the book for your discussion group! 266-6300

Erin Celello and James DeVita in Conversation, with the Wisconsin Book Festival
How do you turn a novel into a theatrical play? Hear a conversation between author Erin Celello and playwright James DeVita as they discuss the process of adapting Celello’s novel, Learning to Stay, for the stage. Forward Artistic Director Jennifer Uphoff Gray will facilitate the discussion. 

Thursday, February 16 at 7:00pm
Central Library, Room 301

From Page to Stage Play Club discusses Learning to Stay
Forward Theater Company's Learning to Stay will run at Overture Center for the Arts March 23 – April 9. Information and tickets. Several Dane County libraries are hosting From Page to Stage Play Club meetings. Sign up at a participating library, check out a script and study guide, and then head to the library for the discussion of the play. The conversations will be led by a Forward Theater Company artist, and scenes from the play will be read aloud by Forward Theater actors.

Thursday, February 23, Cross Plains Public Library
Thursday, March 2, DeForest Public Library
Wednesday, March 15, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland
Thursday, March 16, Middleton Public Library
Monday, March 20, Sequoya Library


Recommended Resources

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger:
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam by Bao Ninh

Learning to Stay by Erin Celello
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Home by Toni Morrison
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Web Sites
State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Veteran Services: State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Employment and Training
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Help for Homeless Veterans
Dry Hooch Madison