2012 alum Brian Van Reet reads and speaks with another alum, author Philipp Meyer, at Austin’s Bookpeople on the publication of his debut novel, SPOILS. Described as The Kite Runner meets The Things They Carried, this explosive debut maps the blurred lines between good and bad, soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished. Van Reet left the University of Virginia after the 9/11 attacks and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He went on to earn his MA in English from U Missouri/Columbia and his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. He is twice winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award.