Benjamin Busch-Dust to Dust

at Wellesley Books,  82 Central Street Wellesley, MA  02482

Presentation, Q&A, Book-signing

Join critically acclaimed television actor from The Wire, Benjamin Busch as he reads from his debut memoir at Wellesley Books. Busch shapes his memoir around elemental things—water, metal, soil, blood, ash—and in doing so, explores the themes he says are at his center: the concern with impermanence, the need for adventure, the confrontation with death.


DUST TO DUST has its genesis in a number of altering events, notably Busch’s return from war and the deaths of his parents—his father was the acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch. Busch writes of a childhood spent in rural upstate New York, replete with everyday boyhood adventures. Busch’s youthful encounters—with the water of the nearby river, the soil of his mother’s garden, stone retaining walls, the wood of the surrounding forests—are tied to his later experiences in war, and lead to his ruminations on the larger questions of life and death, permanence and loss.


Benjamin Busch makes an arresting literary debut with his singular memoir, DUST TO DUST. An acclaimed writer (two Pushcart Prize nominations), actor (Officer Anthony Colicchio on The Wire), film director (film festival favorite, Bright), and visual artist (with a degree from Vassar), Busch also served two tours of combat duty as a U.S. Marine in Iraq. This unlikely pedigree informs his masterful book, a peerless mediation on the moments that have shaped an unusual life: from a childhood immersed in nature and obsessed with the art of war to a career spent putting his life on the line in some of the world’s most troubled, godforsaken places.

For more information, contact: Wellesley Books, (781) 431-1160