The Jackson Memorial Library of Tenants Harbor will present Daly Walker speaking about and reading from his new book “Surgeon Stories” Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. The event is free and will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception at the Ocean View Grange on Route 131.

Walker’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary publications including The Atlantic Monthly and The Sewanee Review. His fiction has been anthologized in “Faith Stories” (edited by Michael Curtis), “Story Matters” and “The Bedford Introduction to Literature.” His work has been short-listed for “Best American Stories” and an O’Henry Award and was a finalist in The Best American Magazine Writing.

In “Surgeon Stories,” Walker draws on his life experience as a general surgeon including his time as a battalion surgeon with the army during the Vietnam War, where he received a Bronze Star. The lead short story, “I Am The Grass,” was a finalist for Magazine Story of the Year in 2000 and was published by The Atlantic Monthly.

For many of us, the physician-surgeon has been our champion and often our savior in the face of disease, accident, aging, human violence and war. Of all these threats, war is the ultimate disaster. As a surgeon and Vietnam veteran, Walker draws on his experiences to compel us to consider the power of war as it slices through both the body and the sense of self. His two book-end stories spotlight the failure of generation after generation to end wars and powerfully illuminate the ability of the surgeon to open wide the doors of compassion.

The evening promises to be enjoyable and thought-provoking. Walker will be available for book signings before and after the talk. For more information on this or future programs, contact Yvonne Gloede at the library, 372-8961, or visit jacksonmemoriallibrary.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.