Novel November – An Evening with Tim O’Brien
November 7 @ 7:00 pm
Tim O’Brien will be the featured author for The Peters Township Library Foundation’s 2nd annual Novel November event on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket prices are $5 for Students, $15 for Veterans, and $20 for Adults for general admission seating.
A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold for $60 and include:
- A Pre-event reception/book signing with Tim O’Brien from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
- Passed hors-d’oeuvres by Chef Garnett Livingston
- VIP reserved seating
- A voucher for your choice of one of O’Brien’s books
The venue for this special event will be the Peters Township High School Auditorium at 264 East McMurray Road in McMurray. A book signing will follow the program. Books will be sold by Penguin Bookshop at the event. Special thanks to our media sponsors 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP.
Listen to a podcast with Tim O’Brien | Making Sentences Is Hard recorded with Nick Grimes of the Veterans Breakfast Club.
On episode 49 of Longest War: The Post-9/11 Veterans Podcast, we talk to Vietnam veteran and noted author Tim O’Brien about memory and truth in war, making sense of absolutes, and how veterans can deal with experience through writing and storytelling. This episode contains explicit language or subject matter.
Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2005 The Things They Carried was named by The New York Times as one of the twenty-two 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. The French edition of The Things They Carriedreceived one of France’s most prestigious literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from The Things They Carried received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
In the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times.
In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished lifetime body of work. In November 2012, O’Brien received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 2013, O’Brien received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Pritzker Military Library. O’Brien’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic,Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s, and numerous editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories. His novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.
What the critics said about The Things They Carried
“In prose that combines the sharp, unsentimental rhythms of Hemingway with gentler, more lyrical descriptions, Mr. O’Brien gives the reader a shockingly visceral sense of what it felt like to tramp through a booby-trapped jungle, carrying 20 pounds of supplies, 14 pounds of ammunition, along with radios, machine guns, assault rifles and grenades. . . . With ‘The Things They Carried, Mr. O’Brien has written a vital, important book–a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well.” –Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“Powerful . . . Composed in the same lean, vigorous style as his earlier books, The Things They Carried adds up to a captivating account of the experiences of an infantry company in Vietnam. . . . Evocative and haunting, the raw force of confession.”–Wall Street Journal
“O’Brien’s stunning new book of linked stories, The Things They Carried, is about the power of the imagination. . . . I’ve read all five of O’Brien’s books with admiration that sometimes verges on awe. Nobody else can make me feel, as his three Vietnam books have, what I imagine to have been the reality of that war.”–USA Today