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Veteran to tell story Saturday

Bill Larsen is a veteran, and he has a story to tell. Currently a psychotherapist who started the Nevada County combat veterans’ therapy program, Larsen served in Vietnam as a combat medic, for which he was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars, as well as the Purple Heart for three gunshot wounds. He knows, firsthand, the fallout of war.

He’s also an author. Having published a book, “And Tomorrow We,” in 1970, his more recent work appears in newspapers, periodicals and the book titled “What Book: Buddhist Poems from Beat to Hiphop.”

On Saturday, Nov. 11, he will read his contribution to the book “”Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace,” which was compiled by Maxine Hong Kingston from her writing workshops with veterans. The book includes stories from those who were raised in military families, served as medics during war or returned home to the devastation of substance abuse and post-traumatic stress syndrome. It shows worlds coming apart and being put together again through transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past. It’s the distilled wisdom of survivors of five wars, including combatants, war widows, spouses, children and conscientious objectors.

The reading and book signing starts at 2 p.m. at the Off-Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley (behind The Center for the Arts). It is free. Call The Book Seller at 272-2131 for more information.

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