SPJ montly luncheon hosts Marianna Riley on Nov. 12

Join SPJ at its monthly luncheon at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Lucas Park Grille, 1234 Washington, Ave., in which the group hosts Marianna Riley, a former Post-Dispatch editor and reporter, and retired Army Master Sgt. Robert Ellis, a combat medic and nurse from St. Louis.

Riley has just finished a new book, “Caring for Victor: A U.S. Army Nurse and Saddam Hussein,” about Ellis’ experience with the former Iraqi dictator. Ellis served at the secure compound where Hussein was kept after his capture and had one order: to keep Saddam alive at all costs until he would be sent to the gallows.

Riley will be on hand to discuss writing the book, and Ellis will be available talk more about his time with Saddam, plus answer questions about what life was like serving in Iraq and dealing with the extraordinary challenge of trying to care for one of the world’s most wanted criminals.

Check out the St. Louis Beacon story on the book by clicking here.

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