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Dear Writer--Why read?

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Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster

When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say....

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Did you know that Tim O'Brien's seminal war novel The Things They Carried is in our Big Read library? Learn more about the novel and its author on The Big Read website.

And visit our News Room to find out who's taking the stage in the NEA tent at the National Book Festival this coming Saturday!

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