The Big Read, along with partners the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, Columbus State University and the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries, wants you to join with our community to read and celebrate Tim O'Brien's masterpiece The Things They Carried this March.
The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O'Brien's novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O'Brien's semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out.
Each celebration of The Big Read brings several events to help you enjoy the book further, and we hope you can attend one or many of the presentations below.
The Big Read is a program designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. A great book combines enlightenment with enchantment. It awakens our imagination and enlarges our humanity. It can even offer harrowing insights that somehow console and comfort us. Whether you're a regular reader already or making up for lost time, thank you for joining The Big Read.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.