Tuesday, February 18, 2014

James Redwood's tales of Vietnam to be presented today

James Redwood, prizewinning author of short stories based on his experiences in Vietnam, visits the Writers Institute today: http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/archives/redwood_james14.html

Jack Rightmyer offers a portrait of Redwood in the Schenectady Sunday Gazette:

If James D. Redwood had not gotten such a high draft number in 1970, his view of the Vietnamese people would most likely be very different today, and his award-winning short story collection “Love Beneath the Napalm” (University of Notre Dame Press, $24, 183 pages) might have never been written. “With such a high number I knew I would never be drafted,” said Redwood in a recent phone interview from his office at the Albany Law School, where he has been a professor since 1989. Most undergraduates would be relieved to get such a number, but Redwood, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in English, wanted to do some type of service to help the war-torn nation.

More in the Schenectady Gazette:  http://www.dailygazette.net/standard/ShowStoryTemplate.asp?Path=SCH/2014/02/16&ID=Ar03800&Section=Life_and_Arts