'Best American Writer' Visits Campus This Month

Tim O'Brien, hailed as "the best American writer of his generation" by the San Francisco Chronicle, will visit CLU on Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss his work with students and the community.

O'Brien will read from his work and share his insights on the Vietnam War during an open-to-the-public presentation beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Gilbert Arena.

During the summer, in preparation for his campus appearance, first-year students read O'Brien's best-known novel, The Things They Carried, which in 2005 was named by The New York Times as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century. The book, which also received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The French edition 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. The Things They Carried challenges readers to think deeply about war, patriotism, historical truth and personal memory.

The author of eight books, O'Brien has consistently received national awards for his writing including the 1979 National Book Award in Fiction for Going After Cacciato. In the Lake of the Woods, published in 1994, was chosen by TIME magazine as the best novel of that year, received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. His short fiction, which has appeared in numerous journals, received the National Magazine Award.