Hiram College

Join us for two Convocations with Tim O’Brien, Author of “The Things They Carried”, on October 6, 2010, at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Hayden Auditorium.

The event is sponsored by The Big Read and The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.

The author of eight books, O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished body of work.

“The Things They Carried” was chosen as the common reading for the freshmen class of 2014. The novel focuses on the Vietnam War and the struggles that each of the soldiers faced during war time. Through a series of short stories, the reader is taken on the journey of these young men’s lives to discover the meaning of truth and if it really does exist in our world.

In 2005 “The Things They Carried” was named by the “New York Times” as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century.  It received the “Chicago Tribune” Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

At the 12 p.m. convocation, O’Brien will discuss the joys and challenges of the writing process, with a focus on fiction, as he relates it to his first years as a writer. O’Brien will sign copies of his books after the presentation.

At the 7 p.m. convocation, O’Brien will later discuss “The Things They Carried”, including how he came to write it and how it relates to his memories of the Vietnam War. He will focus on the idea of “truth” and how, in a time of war, “truth” can become suspect. The first 100 people will receive a free copy of “The Things They Carried” and O’Brien will sign copies of the book after his presentation.