Monday, April 14, 2008
Brazos Valley Reads Program to Hold Book Reading
Author Tim O’Brien To Read “The Things They Carried”
WHAT: The Bryan+College Station Public Library System invites you to attend a book reading by author Tim O’Brien on April 24. The 2008 Brazos Valley Reads selection is Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. The reading is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Bryan Civic Auditorium. The reading is free to the public. The Things They Carried may be purchased locally in anticipation of O’Brien’s reading, however books will be available for purchase and the author will sign them after his reading.
The Things They Carried has won consistent praise for its honesty and insight, not just into war but into the human condition. On one important level it is a book about Vietnam, both as experienced and as remembered, capturing, as the New York Times describes it, “the war's pulsating rhythms and nerve-racking dangers.”
The Things They Carried consists of interwoven stories, all of them focusing on a particular platoon during and after the Vietnam War. One of the characters in the book is a “Tim O’Brien” who is, and is not, the author himself. The Things They Carried thus occupies a space between novels and stories, between fact and fiction. O’Brien himself has acknowledged that in form it is something of an anomaly: “Novels have a kind of continuity of plot or of narrative which this book does not have. But it would be unfair for me to say that it’s a collection of stories; clearly all of the stories are related and the characters reappear and themes recur, and some of the stories refer back to others, and some refer forwards. I’ve thought of it as a work of fiction that is neither one nor the other.”
Tim O’Brien won the National Book Award for his second novel (Going After Cacciato (1978)), and he is the author of novels, stories, and a memoir, many of his writings related to his experiences in the Vietnam War. The Things They Carried (1990) was the winner of France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (previous winners have included John Updike, Gabriel García Márquez, Salmon Rushdie, and Philip Roth) and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
WHO: Bryan general population
WHEN: April 24
WHERE: Bryan Civic Auditorium, 800 S Coulter Dr
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