MassBay Community College will hold its annual OneBook Project speaker on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 11AM. Author Michael Anthony was selected by the MassBay OneBook Project and Wellesley Reads Together to present on his book “Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir” to the community. Michael Anthony’s memoir reflects on his 12-month deployment in Iraq as an operating room technician. His feelings of numbness and rage upon reentry into civilian life led him to alcohol, drug abuse and suicidal thoughts. His salvation arrives by chronicling his wartime experiences. His message that coming home from war can be more horrific than war itself.
The OneBook Project is a college-wide partnership with the Wellesley Free Library that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the Wellesley community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community that explores issues relevant to the text and our community. This year, MassBay will be awarding a prize to a regional author whose work connects to the mission of the OneBook Project.
Michael Anthony is a veteran, essayist, and memoirist. He has an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is the author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq and Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir. He has written for the Washington Post blog, the Business Insider blog, as well as several others, including a year-long stint as a feature writer and editor of the “War and Veterans” section of the Good Men Project. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.