Wilmington, NC January 8, 2014 — The Big Read Greater Wilmington continues its Big Read celebration of The Things They Carried with a keynote presentation and book signing by the book’s author and Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNC Wilmington.
The Things They Carried is semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings. O’Brien will discuss The Things They Carried and about the process of transforming actual experiences and events into fiction. He will read excerpts from the book and share personal anecdotes.
Tickets to O’Brien’s keynote presentation are free (limit four per person) and can be obtained at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office. The Box Office is closed for the holidays at 6 p.m. Friday, December 20, and will re-open at noon Monday, January 6, 2014. More information: www.uncw.edu/arts/boxoffice.html
“We are fortunate Tim O’Brien is visiting the area to talk about The Things They Carried, put a face on those who fought in Vietnam and to explore the continual cultural resonance of the war,” said Amy Mangus with Cape Fear Museum.
Local support for The Big Read Greater Wilmington’s keynote presentation is provided by Cape Fear Museum, Cape Fear Community College, New Hanover Friends of the Public Library, the Smithsonian Community grant program funded by MetLife Foundation and UNC Wilmington’s Creative Writing Department and Randall Library.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and create a nation of readers. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Greater Wilmington is one of 77 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2013-June 2014. From November 2013 to February 2014, the Greater Wilmington community is celebrating The Things They Carried with a full calendar of events including exhibits, book discussions and films.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com