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The Things They Carried

Washington, DC "And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That's what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien in Conversation with Tobias Wolff on "Writing and War" from Stanford Humanities on Vimeo . Back in February, Big Read authors and Vietnam veterans Tim O?Brien and Tobias Wolff sat down for a conversation titled ?Writing and War? at Stanford University. O?Brien of course...
White River Junction, Vermont Cartoonist Pat Barrett at Northern Stage's Big Read kick-off event. Photo by Kyle Silliman-Smith With one of the highest National Guard participation rates of any state in the country, Vermont is in a unique position to appreciate Tim O?Brien?s The Things They Carried...
Cheney, WA Spokane County residents of all ages attended the opening of the Telling the American Story art exhibit, part of Get Lit! Programs? Big Read. Photo courtesy of Get Lit! Programs In 1998, Eastern Washington University Press and the school?s creative writing department joined together to...
Washington, DC A Marine at Vietnam Memorial on 4th July 2002. Photo courtesy of Meutia Chaerani and Indradi Soemardjan In honor of Veteran?s Day tomorrow, we?re going to hear an excerpt from Tim O?Brien?s heart-wrenching novel, The Things They Carried . In the title story, we learn precisely what...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. © Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Last week, we talked about Ephrata?s Big Read selection and 1990 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Things They Carried by Tim O?Brien. This week, here's an excerpt of the book read by actor Bradley Whitford. This gripping...
Ephrata, Pennsylvania Tom Ridge and Penny Talbert at Ephrata Public Library's Big Read Launch 2010. Photo courtesy of Ephrata Public Library From screenings of Vietnam War films and documentaries to an oral history project featuring Vietnam veterans, conscientious objectors, and girlfriends and...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster In honor of Memorial Day, what better novel to turn to than Tim O?Brien?s The Things They Carried . In this excerpt from the Big Read Audio Guide, O?Brien speaks about the power of a novel to translate deep and...
Washington, DC This spring Oceanside Public Library is presenting ?Big Read 2010: The Things They Carried ,? one of 25 Big Reads taking place in the state of California. As part of the library's project, the Rancho Santa Margarita Ranch House National Historic Site at Camp Pendleton is hosting...
Washington, DC Westchester County Legislator Vito Pinto and students at Westchester Community College post comments on the college?s ?Wall of Reflection? as part of The Big Read 2010. ArtsWestchester in White Plains, New York, is no stranger to The Big Read. After leading the Westchester community...

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