John Conrad

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My memories of Winnipeg are always centred on its rivers. The mighty Assiniboine and Red Rivers shake hands in the City's downtown core. All around this famous junction are a storied blend of old and new buildings. A Union Station--smaller but every bit as regal as Toronto's railway masterpiece, the venerable Fort Garry Hotel, a state-of-the-art hockey arena for the City's NHL Jets plunked right where Timothy Eaton retail monolith used to stand. There is much to discovery in this jewel of the prairies--not the least of which is the famous Thin Air International Writers Festival.

Tell us about your book: What was your inspiration? Were there overarching themes you felt compelled to explore?

I was inspired to write about my tour in Afghanistan after I came home in 2006 and this resulted in the strict accounting of events and combat actions described in my first book, What the Thunder Said: Reflections of a Canadian Officer in Afghanistan (2009). This book is a war story of a logistics unit.  It is all about the “up and out” experiences of my battalion.