The Things They Carried

In conversation with David L. Ulin
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Episode Summary
A reading and conversation honoring the 20th anniversary of one of America's most important novels, a book as vitally important for anyone interested in the Vietnam War as it is for those concerned with the craft of storytelling.

Participant(s) Bio
Tim O'Brien has been hailed as "the best American writer of his generation" (San Francisco Examiner). The author of eight books, O'Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2005 The Things They Carried was named by the New York Times as one of the twenty best books of the last quarter century. It was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of The Things They Carried received the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and the title story was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians. O'Brien's other works include If I Die in a Combat Zone, Northern Lights, Tomcat in Love and July, July. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including The New Yorker, Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, and Harper's.