In honor of Veterans Day, Marcia Franklin interviews author Kevin Powers, a veteran of the war in Iraq. His first work, The Yellow Birds, was a finalist for the National Book Award. The novel depicts the friendship between two American soldiers in Iraq trying to keep each other alive, and the emotional journey of one of them as he returns home.
Powers, who was a speaker at the University of Idaho's annual Hemingway conference, talks about the influence of Hemingway on him, why he wanted to write The Yellow Birds, the themes in it, and the reaction to the book. Franklin also asks him about his views on the war in Iraq.