For Immediate Release
Contact: 
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
FOR MEDIA ONLY
Author Tim O'Brien to Discuss Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried
Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 15, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) presents a visit by Tim O'Brien, author of the Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried.
Saturday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, University of Mary Washington

Meet Tim O'Brien, the author of CRRL's NEA Big Read selection The Things They Carried, a novel exploring soldiers' experiences during the Vietnam War. This event will include a reception, presentation, question and answer session, and book signing. The Things They Carried is available for loan from the library in multiple formats.
Platinum Sponsor:

University of Mary Washington
CRRL is proud to be the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant to host a community read of The Things They Carried. CRRL is one of only 79 NEA Big Read grant recipients nationwide. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 
Perspectives on the Vietnam War:
Events and Exhibits

In March, the library collected photos from our community to tell the story of life at home and overseas during the Vietnam era (1965-1975). A slideshow of those photos are on display in all library branches through April 30 and is available on CRRL's website.
Photo above: James G. Kyser interviewing USMC Commandant General Leonard Chapman, Jr. Photo credit: Susan Frank.

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fredericksburg Branch
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection comprises offerings left by visitors to the Memorial Wall. Museum Curator Janet Folkerts (National Park Service) presents the history and ongoing management of this 250,000-item collection. 
Saturday, May 25, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Howell Branch
Retired USAF Lt. Col. Wayne Colton, author of Vietnam: Our Noble Failure - An Intelligence Officer's Perspective, presents this first-hand account of his time as an Air Force Intelligence officer serving as a strategic advisor to the Vietnamese Air Force from 1966 to 1967.  
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For more information, contact Adult Services Coordinator Tracy McPeck, tracy.mcpeck@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 ext. 7006.

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