The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O’Brien’s novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out.
O’Brien makes a special appearance in Wilmington, NC to discuss The Things They Carried and about the process of transforming actual experience and events into fiction. He will read excerpts from the book and share personal anecdotes.
Book signing to follow.
Wed. January 15, 7-9 p.m, Kenan Auditorium
*The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.