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TitleUSD to Host Big Read Event Featuring Renowned Author Tim O’Brien
ContactLiz Harman
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Contact Phone(619) 260-4682

The University of San Diego will host a Big Read event featuring the novel The Things They Carried by renowned author Tim O'Brien and a talk by the author himself.

The book discussion takes place Tuesday, April 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hahn University Center in room 107. The keynote presentation featuring O'Brien takes place Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Hahn University Center Forum.

The Things They Carried is O'Brien's collection of stories about soldiers in the Vietnam War and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. According to a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey, Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults reading literature. In response, the NEA implemented a program in 2006 designed to restore reading to the center of American culture known as the Big Read. The program provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities.

Both events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to or call (619) 260-7455.

USD is sponsoring the event with the Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc.

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