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Tim O'Brien

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Catalog Number: 20190524, 20181109

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Vietnam veteran and National Book Award-winning fiction writer Tim O'Brien discusses his experiences and reads from his now classic short story collection, The Things They Carried, as part of the NEA's Big Read. Originally released in 1990, the book follows a fictional platoon of American soldiers in Vietnam. In this excerpt of the 2017 presentation at the Kansas City Public Library, O'Brien reads from the story "Ambush" and details how he transformed events in his soldier life into his powerful fiction, as he explores how war affects soldiers and families. He also gives some tips as he shares his writing process.

Programs with Tim O'Brien from 1999 and 2004 are also available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: War, Vietnam, History | Interview Year: 2017 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: National Book Award, The James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction |

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