Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
October 6, 2011

Monday Night Fiction to feature celebrated Vietnam novel

Schreiner University’s Monday Night Fiction series will discuss “The Things They Carried” by Austinite Tim O’Brien at 7 p.m., Monday, October 17, in the Scarle-Philips Room of the William Logan Library on the Schreiner campus. Dr. Lydia Kualapai, associate professor of English and director of the Honors Program, will lead the discussion.

“The Things They Carried” is a collection of linked stories about the members of a platoon in Vietnam, where O’Brien served with the U.S. Army from 1969-70. The book was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award when it was first published in 1990l. It was awarded the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étrange (Best Foreign Book Prize) that year. Amazon calls “The Things They Carried” a “sly, almost hallucinatory book that is neither memoir nor novel nor collection of short stories but rather an artful combination of all three.”

Monday Night Fiction is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning. For more information about this or any other Schreiner University humanities event, contact Martha York at the Center for Innovative Learning, 830-792-7352, or visit the Schreiner website at

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