Del Mar Library to host book discussion on the veteran experience


The Del Mar Library will host a discussion of the book “What It’s Like to Go to War” by Karl Marlantes at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, as part of San Diego County Library’s participation in the California Reads program.

Local Marine Corps veteran Eric McElvenny will share his perspectives and insights relating to experiences discussed in the book.

Written nearly 40 years after his own tour of duty in Vietnam, “What It Is Like to Go to War” recounts Marlantes’ experience of going to war and coming home through the lens of time and memory, illuminated by insights drawn from his study of history, literature, psychology, and philosophy.

This program is being offered through a California Reads grant, which invites Californians from all walks of life to participate in reading and discussion programs and related activities hosted by libraries, schools, colleges, bookstores and other community institutions. Visit

to see a full list of programs offered at San Diego County Library branches.

The Del Mar Branch Library is at 1309 Camino Del Mar. Call 858-755-1666.