Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn, to Appear at 2011 Savannah Book Festival

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(SAVANNAH, GA) – The Savannah Book Festival is proud to announce that Karl Marlantes, author of the novel Matterhorn—a New York Times bestseller and recent winner of the prestigious Center for Fiction’s 2010 Flaherty-Dunham First Novel Prize—will appear in a FREE presentation at the Savannah Book Festival on February 19, 2011.  The story follows Bravo Company, a U.S. Marine unit, as it takes and re-takes a hilltop firebase near the DMZ and Laotian border in 1969 Vietnam.

Marlantes, 65, a highly decorated Marine Corps officer, Vietnam veteran and Rhodes Scholar, wrote and revised Matterhorn based on his experiences during the war over a 33-year period. During the years of rejection by publishers, he was told to rewrite the novel for the first Gulf War, then Afghanistan.  But the Washington State resident remained unwavering in his devotion to tell the story of political incompetence, wartime drudgery and uncommon valor.

Matterhorn was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunham First Novel Prize and was selected by Barnes & Noble as one of its Discover Great New Writers picks.  The New York Times called Matterhorn “a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history.”

The Savannah Book Festival’s mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation. It is now a significant event in both the literary and southeastern USA calendars, with a new date this year: February 18-20, 2011 – President’s Day weekend. The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. It is committed to remaining free and open to the public and to celebrating the written word and its role in improving the human experience.

Visit savannahbookfestival.org to plan your trip. You’ll find special deals with local hotels and tourist venues, and the website content is frequently updated.

For more information, contact the Savannah Book Festival at (912) 358-0575; info@savannahbookfestival.org; or 3025 Bull St., Suite 249, Savannah, GA 31405, http://www.savannahbookfestival.org.

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