REED CITY \u2014 Michigan author Benjamin Busch will be at the Reed City Depot from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 to sign copies of his memoir published in March, \u201cDust to Dust.\u201d Busch is an actor, film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer who served two tours of combat in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on The Wire and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. He currently lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters. Busch shapes his memoir around elemental things\u2014water, metal, soil, blood, ash\u2014 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. \u201cI believed once that I could predetermine my journey,\u201d he writes. \u201cI wanted to create something that could not be destroyed, and to do that I had to disbelieve the evidence of destruction. I had to look at the bone and ash around me as the yield of errors, not of dreams. But I grew up and found damage, and death, and the friction of incalculable consequences. I had mapped a path through the wild with wishful premonition in my youth, but I had come to find my way by mishap and deviation.\u201d \u201cDust to Dust\u201d has its genesis in a number of altering events, notably Busch\u2019s return from war and the deaths of his parents\u2014his father was the acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch. Busch writes of a childhood spent in rural upstate New York, replete with everyday boyhood adventures\u2014building forts, nighttime graveyard excursions, amassing collections of bottle caps and train-flattened pennies. His parents, displaced urban liberals fresh from Vietnam War protests, were nonplussed by his soldiering instincts, but finally succumbed to his insistent pleas for a toy gun and a bullet mold where he could melt down silver and gold crayons into make- believe ammunition. Busch\u2019s youthful encounters\u2014with the water of the nearby river, the soil of his mother\u2019s garden, stone retaining walls, the wood of the surrounding forests\u2014are tied to his later experiences in war, and lead to his ruminations on the larger questions of life and death, permanence and loss. A devoted, if perhaps atypical, solider, Busch observes the realities of war, mortality, ruin, and rebirth. \u201cI have seen cities destroyed in my life, people buried, graves dug up,\u201d he writes. \u201cI have lived outside in the elements. I know that everything is recomposed from preexisting matter, that we are all fragments from earth and life blown apart and gathered up. Pieces of us are from stars and meteors, the ocean, dirt, and the dead. We will not be able to keep these pieces either, our bodies doomed to be given back to the ground.\u201d The book signing is hosted by the Reed City Public Library. The event is limited to those over the age of 18.