WEB EXCLUSIVE: 'Vietnam Mailbag' book event set for Nov. 12 in Selbyville

The Selbyville Library will host author Nancy Lynch on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Lynch will present the audience with a DVD slideshow presentation and talk about her book “Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972.” She will also be signing and selling books.

Lynch was a columnist for the Wilmington Morning News newspaper (now, The News Journal) and, at the height of the Vietnam War, wrote what became a three-day-a-week column relaying the hopes and fears and thoughts from U.S. troops abroad, in their own words. She always kept the letters she received for the column and now hopes to share them with a new generation.

On her Web site at www.vietnammailbag.com, the work is described as follows: “Now, nearly 40 years after she began writing her column, Nancy is reopening the Vietnam Mailbag to give a new generation a fresh look at the first-person accounts of troops in the combat zone.”

Lynch wrote to several servicemen from the coastal Delaware area, including troops from Dagsboro, Selbyville, Frankford and Millville. In the book, she tells the soldier’s stories through the letters and photos she has kept all this time, as well as through interviews with veterans.

Pamela Munro, Selbyville Library director, said local Vietnam War veterans from the area are particularly being invited and encouraged to attend the Nov. 12 event, as is anyone else interested in learning more about one of the country’s more controversial conflicts and its profound effects on the servicemen who saw it firsthand.

The library is asking that interested people call ahead to reserve a seat. The number is (302) 436-8195.

Other local events for Lynch’s book include a book sale and signing at the Seaford Federal Credit Union, 24488 Sussex Highway, Seaford, on Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., Lynch will be at Barnes & Noble, 2618 North Salisbury Blvd., in Salisbury, Md. For a complete list of book sales and events for “Vietnam Mailbag,” visit www.vietnamemailbag.com.