'Redeployment' author Phil Klay to speak at Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. — National award-winning author Phil Klay will speak at Penn State Mont Alto about his book “Redeployment” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in the auditorium of the General Studies Building on campus. The public is invited to attend free of charge. Klay will sign books immediately following and light refreshments will be served.

The public is also invited to attend a book club-type discussion prior to Klay’s event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in the University Library.

Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a public affairs officer. After being discharged, he went to Hunter College and received a master of fine arts. “Redeployment,” a collection of short stories, was originally published in Granta and is included in "Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War." His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere.

In 2014, "Redeployment" won the National Book Award for fiction. He was also shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and named a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree. In 2015, he received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation James Webb Award for fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life, the National Book Critics’ Circle John Leonard Award for best debut work in any genre, the American Library Association’s W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, and the Chautauqua Prize.

More information about Klay can be found at philklay.com. For more information about the event, please contact Debra Collins, director of public relations and marketing, at [email protected] or 717-749-6112.