[PAST EVENT] Author Tim O'Brien Here for Reading, Reception

March 21, 2013
8pm - 9:30pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Tim O'Brien is a Purple Heart recipient, former reporter for the Washington Post, former Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the author of novels that have sold more than three million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

O'Brien, whose novel The Things They Carried was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and named in 2005 one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century, will appear at William & Mary on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. for a reading, reception and question-and-answer session. The appearance, part of the Patrick Hayes Writers Series, is free and open to the public and will take place in the Commonwealth Auditorium of the Sadler Center.

During his storied career, OBrien has also:

Received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato,

Received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for In the Lake of the Woods, which also was named one of the 10 best books of 1994 by The New York Times and novel of the year by TIME,

Received the 2010 Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished lifetime body of work,

Received the 2012 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation.

The Things They Carried also received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, as well as the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, one of the French highest literary awards. The title story was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century.

O'Brien, 66, spends every other year teaching full-time at Texas State University, spending one semester teaching Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) students and the next semester talking to undergraduate English classes and conducting small workshops. On alternate years, he teaches several workshops to M.F.A. students in the Creative Writing program.

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