Donna Bryson - Book Discussion

Join journalist Donna Bryson to discuss her book Home of the Brave.

The discussion begins at 7.


About the Book:
Home of the Brave recounts how Melanie Kline, a Montrose, Colorado jeweler who has no military experience or ties, started the project now called the Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans. She was inspired after watching a 2011 CBS Sunday Morning segment on wounded vets learning to kayak, and became determined to do something to help a population facing high rates of suicide, divorce, homelessness and unemployment. 

In just a few years, Welcome Home attracted the support of others in the town of 20,000. Welcome Home hosts a biannual outdoors festival that brings vets from across the country to hunt, fish and kayak. It helped the town and surrounding county develop a white water river park they hope will boost local tourism. It organized internships that offered young wounded vets a chance to consider what they would do with the rest of their lives. At its volunteer-run drop-in center, vets can get a cup of coffee along with counseling and advice on jobs and training. Kline built a partnership between civilians and veterans that has energized an entire town and could be a model for other communities. 


About the Author
Donna Bryson grew up in San Diego, where her first job in journalism was as an intern at the Union-Tribune.She went on to become a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, which sent her to South Africa in 1993. She covered South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994. After leaving South Africa in 1996, she reported for AP from India (1996-1999), Egypt (1999-2005) and the UK (2005-2008). In 2008, she returned to South Africa as chief of bureau for AP, a position she filled until 2012. She is now a freelance journalist and writer, living in Denver with her husband and daughter. Home of the Brave is her second book. Her first, It's a Black-White Thing, explores the struggle to get past racism in South Africa after apartheid, and parallels to the civil rights movement in the U.S. It was shortlisted for the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award, a national South African prize; won first place in the nonfiction book category in the 2015 Communications Contest of the National Federation of Press Women.


Event date: 
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 7:00pm