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Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried, a group of interconnected stories about a platoon of soldiers deployed during the Vietnam War, was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. This book is neither autobiographical nor fictional, but both -- it takes O'Brien's true-life experiences and heightens them. These are stories about cowardice, love, death, grief, longing. In the end, these stories are about war, and the human condition, and what war does to us as humans. To quote Tim O'Brien: "You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end. Not then, not ever."

Watch this space for information about events that we're hosting to support this book. Check out these websites for information on the author, as well as the topics of Vietnam and the time period of the war. There is also a bibliography of books and videos available in the library.

 

Events:

Big Read Events through the City of Ventura

Big Read Event:Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:00pm, Cal Vet Center, 10900 Telephone Rd.: Writers’ Workshop for Veterans

Thursday, March 27, 2014 , 1:30pm, Guthrie Hall: Panel of Faculty discussing the impact of the Vietnam War in relation to “The Things They Carried”

Big Read Event:Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:00pm, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St.: “Why Fiction and Not Journalism?” Presentation by Dr. Robert Chianese

Joint Event:Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC):
"Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations" (Play)

Joint Event:Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC): "Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations" (Play)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 , 10:30am, Guthrie Hall: Panel of Student Veterans

 

 

 

Web Links:

The Big Read (National Endowment for the Arts): The Things They Carried: Teacher's Guide

The Big Read (National Endowment for the Arts): The Things They Carried: Reader's Guide

The Things They Carried Interactive Exhibition: National Veterans Art Museum

"''The Things They Carried,' 20 Years On," Talk of the Nation, NPR, npr.org

The New York Times: The Vietnam War (articles, videos, and more)

Time:  The Vietnam War (covers, articles, pictures, specials)

Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archive

Writing Vietnam (a conference held in 1999)

POV: Re: War (PBS)

 Battlefield: Vietnam (PBS)

The Wars for Viet Nam: 1945 to 1975

Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)

Inside Media: A Photographic History of the Vietnam War

The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America

"Remembering Vietnam: Days of Protest," PBS, Online NewsHour, pbs.org

African-American Involvement in the Vietnam War

The Sixties

National Center for PTSD (Veteran Affairs)

Public Health: Agent Orange (Veteran Affairs)

Veterans' Health Activities: Vietnam Studies (Centers for Disease Control)

Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office

County of Ventura Veterans Services

California Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Resource Center at Ventura County Library