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Pulitzer Prize-winner Jim Sheeler Sept. 8

August 28, 2009

Jim Sheeler, CSU alumnus (Journalism, '90) won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing while reporting for the Rocky Mountain News. ASAP, the Student Activities Board, has arranged for Sheeler to appear at CSU to talk about his latest book, 'Final Salute,' in which he describes what it was like to shadow a casualty notification officer during the Iraq War.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.
Grey Rock Room
Lory Student Center

Come to the Lory Student Center on Sept. 8 to hear author Jim Sheeler talk about his latest book, Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives. The book was a 2008 National Book Award Finalist and on the "Best of 2008" lists for The New York Times, Publisher's WeeklyThe Washington Post Book World, and others.

"Final Salute is an extraordinary book, an exploration of a national loss that we badly need. Jim Sheeler writes with such direct honesty about an absolutely heart-rending subject that you will very likely reach much of it, as I did, with tears in your eyes."

- Nick Arvin, author of Articles of War 

In Final Salute, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Sheeler tells about his experience shadowing a casualty notification officer embarking on his duty of informing families of the ones they lost in Iraq. The talk will be held in the Grey Rock Room located in the northwest corner of the Lory Student Center on the main level.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., coffee and scones will be provided, along with a book signing at the conclusion of the talk.
This event is free for students and the Fort Collins community. 

Reviews of Final Salute

“Mr. Sheeler took one of the great underreported stories of the Iraq war and brought it to light. While Final Salute is not a muckraking book, it is still quietly horrifying. It bears witness to the ways in which casualties from Iraq are shielded from sight…. Final Salute shares Major Beck’s conviction that the Kyle Burnses of the Iraq war must be given the honor they deserve.”

- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Powerful…. This gripping book shares the pain, pride, joy and sorrows of the families whose lives Beck has touched. It captures, too, the soul and spirit of the brave service members lost but never to be forgotten… No matter what your personal thoughts on the war in Iraq, you're unlikely to get through this book dry-eyed or unmoved by the story of Beck's profound dedication and the stature of those willing to risk it all in defense of freedom.”

- Rocky Mountain News 

Sponsored by ASAP, the Student Activities Board.

Contact: Emily Burnett
Phone: (970) 491-2727