The Things They Carried

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is proud to
welcome award-winning author Tim O'Brien. Mr.
O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for his
novel Going After Cacciato (1978). His most recent book, The
Things They Carried
(1990), was selected by The New York Times
Book Review
as one of the six best works of fiction in

Critics question why Mr. O'Brien continues to write
books, such as these two award winners, about a war
that ended twenty years ago, and accuse him of
exploiting the Vietnam War. This new book, however,
"is about love, and God, and life after death." He says,
"I'm hoping art will salvage the exploitation. The whole
purpose is to try to get something beautiful out of that
awful war."

Mr. O'Brien graduated in 1968 from MacAlester
College in St. Paul. He served as a foot soldier in
Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, after which he pursued
graduate studies at Harvard University. His short story,
The Things They Carried, was selected for the 1987 Best
American Short Stories
and was included in Best American
Short Stories of the 1980's

Mr. O'Brien enjoys a good informal discussion; he is
sure to be as provocative as he was at his former
Athenaeum appearance. Be sure to join one of
America's great authors by returning the enclosed slip.
The reception will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner at
6:00 and the talk at 7:00.