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Tim O'Brien

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...
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...
March 22, 2010 Washington, DC Tim O?Brien read to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster If you're following any of the literati or readerati on Twitter, you've probably noticed that today is the 20th...
Washington, DC #6 by Jorge Miente via Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jorgemiente/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) Three of the novels in The Big Read library are composed of interlinked stories: Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club , Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine , and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried ...
October 1 , 2009 Washington, DC Tim O'Brien read from his memoir-in-progress (on fatherhood) to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM O'BRIEN! O'Brien's The Things They Carried is certainly...
September 4 , 2009 Washington, DC "Writing is allowed" by Andwat from Flickr Having started the week with a round-up of quotes on reading, it seems fitting to end the week---and summer---with a quantum of quotes on writing. "I think I write in order to discover on my shelf a new book that I would...

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