The Things They Carried at 20

Time goes quickly when you’re in the upper middle age brackets, so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War classic, The Things They Carried . This simply but powerfully and evocatively written book of five linked short stories was an instant critical and popular success, remains in print and has been required reading for college and high school students since the late ’80s.

To commemorate the event, O’Brien, the former Vietnam War infantryman, will do a year-long series of readings and talks on the book. The first one will be held March 16 in Berkeley, California.

For more info on the book, on O’Brien and on his other work, along with a list of the events, go to the  Tim O’Brien homepage , a long-time labor of love put together by Marilyn Knapp Litt.


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