UHON offers “An Evening with Tim O’Brien”
By almost any measure, O'Brien is one of the giants of American letters in the last quarter century. He is the author of eight novels, including the National Book Award-winning Going After Cacciato (1978), The Things They Carried (1990), which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critic's Circle Award, and In the Lake at the Woods, which was named Best Novel of 1994 by Time magazine. Recently, The New York Times named The Things They Carried among the ten best American novels of the last twenty-five years. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Atlantic, Playboy, Granta, Gentleman's Quarterly, The New Yorker, and in several editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent novel is July, July (2003).
O'Brien will give a public lecture/presentation on September 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Auditorium, followed by a brief book-signing session. The event is free and open to the public.
"We are very excited that Tim O'Brien has agreed to visit UTC," says Dr. Gregory O'Dea, Director of the University Honors (UHON) Program, which arranged and is sponsoring the author's visit. "His writing has been an important fixture in the UHON Program for a long time. The Things They Carried has been required core reading for each of our freshman honors classes for over a dozen years."
In addition to his evening presentation, O'Brien will also lead informal discussion sessions with English majors and honors students.
August 18, 2006