From Ellis Island to the Great War David Laskin follows 12 new Americans who fought for the U.S. during WWI in his book The Long Way Home.

As a writer for Seattle Met, David Laskin has gotten lost in the Oregon prairie, deciphered Northwest weather and unearthed a dream island in the Georgia Strait. But the busy traveler stays put for his latest project, The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War, which profiles 12 newly minted Americans who fought for their adopted country in World War I.

As part of the research process, Laskin also interviewed fellow Seattelite Tom Gudmestad, a Great War historian who managed to contact some 500 WWI veterans before they passed, collecting tales of death in the trenches and terrified teenagers. Laskin will talk war stories at Elliott Bay Books on Wednesday, April 20, at 7pm.

Also this week: If Joyce Carol Oates makes you feel lazy (she’s written 50 novels, numerous short stories and has won the National Book Award and National Humanities Medal), you’re not alone. The literary luminary speaks tonight at Benaroya Hall; tickets ($15–$70) are available at lectures.org. The man who actually gets to call them my Seattle Seahawks, Paul Allen, reads from his new memoir on Friday, April 22, at 7:30pm at Town Hall. Tickets are $5 at 800-838-3006 or townhallseattle.org.

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