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 Sunday, February 12.


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.


Proposed Event Schedule

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

Wallowa County Veteran’s Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 19
Location: TBD

America in Vietnam: Understanding Tim O’Brian’s Vietnam War with David Schmitz
Thursday, January 26
Location: TBD

Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home with Jim Lommasson
Thursday, February 2
Location: TBD

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

Finale – 60’s Fashion Show, Concert, and Dance Party
Sunday, February 12
Location: TBD


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