On Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:00 p.m., North Colonie will host its 16th annual Veterans Day Celebration at Shaker High School, a long standing tradition to honor those who have served. U.S. Marine Corps veteran and author Phil Klay will give this year’s featured presentation, “Patriotism in a Time of Ongoing Conflict.” The evening will also include performances by Shaker Select and Southgate elementary students, and a student reflection by members of the Shaker World of Difference club. Following the program, Phil Klay will hold a book signing in the auditorium and refreshments will be served in the lobby.
About Phil Klay
Klay, a graduate of Dartmouth College, served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he received an MFA from Hunter College of The City University of New York.
Klay’s New York Times-best selling short story collection won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Redeployment also received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 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, the Chautauqua Prize, and the Warwick Prize for Writing; and was short listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize. He was also named a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree.
Klay’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series.