The Big Read

The Big Read 2017



Join us in reading Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried.

Kickoff date is Thursday, January 12, 2017, and we’ll wrap up with a finale on Saturday, February 11.


The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O’Brien’s novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out.


Thursday, January 12 @ 7pm
Kickoff & Screening of “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam”
Location: Hurricane Creek Grange Hall – Joseph

Thursday, January 19 @ 7pm
Wallowa County Veteran’s Panel Discussion
Location: Eagle Cap VFW Post 4307 – Enterprise

Thursday, January 26 @ 7pm
America in Vietnam: Understanding Tim O’Brian’s Vietnam War w/ David Schmitz
Location: The Place/Joseph United Methodist Church – Joseph

Thursday, February 2 @ 7pm
Life after War: Photography & Oral Histories of Coming Home w/ Jim Lommasson
Location: Wallowa City Hall – Wallowa

Thursday, February 9 @ 7pm
Movie Night: Good Morning Vietnam
Location: OK Theatre – Enterprise

Saturday, February 11 @ 7pm
Finale – 60’s Fashion Show, Concert, and Dance Party
Location: The Place/Joseph United Methodist Church – Joseph

Additional Events

Exit Wounds: Art Exhibit
January at Divide Camp – Joseph
February at Wallowa City Hall – Wallowa

Writing Workshop
Out of the Mouths of Babes: Voices of the Other Vietnam Warriors
Saturday Mornings in January
Location: Fishtrap

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest