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Outskirts Press Announces His Name Was Donn, the Latest Highly-Anticipated Nonfiction Book from Conyers, GA Author Evelyn Sweet-Hurd.

Atlanta, GA, January 09, 2008 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published His Name Was Donn: My Brother's Letters from Vietnam by Evelyn Sweet-Hurd, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback in the Nonfiction category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $16.95. His Name Was Donn is also available in its 5.5 x 8.5 Hardback w/ Jacket edition for $28.95. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

About the Book (Excerpts & Info)

Friends from high school still talk about the zany antics of Donn Sweet, a bright guy with a wild sense of humor. After college, he was drafted and sent to Vietnam. Lt. Sweet had a sign over his tent that said, “Smile! That’s an order!”
The letters he wrote home brim with his humor, but they also contain brutal details and an unswerving look at war.

This is a book about life and death in Vietnam, but it is also a book about all wars and the families they affect forever.

Deftly constructed at 256 pages, His Name Was Donn: My Brother's Letters from Vietnam is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Nonfiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, His Name Was Donn meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $16.95 and $28.95, respectively.

Additionally, His Name Was Donn can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press wholesale online bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432717797 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback SRP: $16.95
ISBN: 9781432710583 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Hardback w/ Jacket SRP: $28.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the Author

Evie Sweet-Hurd holds degrees from Duke University, the University of Richmond, and Baylor University, but sometimes she still feels like the little girl in pigtails who idolized her older brother. In the decades after his death in Vietnam, she took tiny steps to absorb the reality: She tried to watch Saving Private Ryan, but she couldn’t get past the first three minutes; she visited the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., but her husband had to carry her out.
After moving a box of Donn’s letters around with her for more than three decades, she finally sneaked a peek inside and knew that it was time to write this book.

In this book, you will join the author as she reads the letters from her brother, letters that juxtapose the mundane with the horrific. A paragraph asking about his beloved car (“Patti Porsche”) or his mother (“Toombie”) may be followed by details of troop movements or his opinions of American politics in 1968. You will come to know the young college graduate as he becomes a weary Army officer who “takes a dandy souvenir” from a dead VC soldier and who worries that his men are so exhausted that they may make mistakes and fire on their own troops.

And you will come to know the author of this book, as she stumbles through college while her brother is in Vietnam and as she looks back on the years of trying to understand that conflict and cope with the futile death of an amazing man, her brother Donn.

Today Evie lives near Atlanta, GA, with her husband, their two children, and three dogs. Her mother, Donn’s “Toombie,” is now 96 and lives with them as well.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers turn-key, full-service, custom self-publishing for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. In 2007, the Denver Business Journal recognized Outskirts Press as the 3rd fastest-growing privately-held company in Colorado, with a growth rate of 1,560% since 2004. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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