Reading Together, A community-wide book club for Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Book 'Things They Carried.'
Book  Author

Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo

Comments and afterthoughts...

27 March 2006

"I send a heartfelt shout of thanks to the people of Kalamazoo for a wonderful visit. Your generosity and kindness meant the world to me, and I'm deeply grateful. Most often, writers send their books off into a kind of black hole, rarely meeting their readers, but in this case I had the great pleasure of attaching faces and personalities to at least some of those who have read The Things They Carried. What a terrific human experience."

~ Tim O'Brien

After the Air Zoo event, Tim said he had never been to an event where there were so many veterans and was impressed with our partnership with the Air Zoo. 

After the high school event Tim said "Now I know what John Balaban was talking about!" (If you remember John was here for the opening of the Smithsonian Exhibit at the Air Zoo) .... Tim and John are friends and "ran into" each other in Austin, TX. Upon learning that Tim was coming to Kazoo, John said, "You'll have such a good time!" 

Tim expressed that we had : 

  • -an outstanding event 

  • -an incredibly organized program 

  • -a fantastic community 

  • -great high school students 

  • -a wonderful library 

  • -provided him with an "incredible visit." 

At the luncheon for Steering Committee Members and Funding Organizations, Tim said were it not for the extremely cold (HE thought it was bitter cold on Tuesday) he would really consider moving to Kalamazoo. 

Comments from patrons...

"You all have done such a fantastic job with this program and the crowd at last night's event is only a physical representation of your work. I'm sure there are many more hearts out there who have been as deeply moved. Congratulations!" 

"Fabulous job! What a day. WOW." 

"You must be pleased with how things went last night. I enjoyed his talk and it seemed like those around us did also." 
"Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Tim O'Brien's presentation last night... terrific program!" 
"Anyone who has served as a representative of me and my country, to protect my freedom, is worthy of my undying gratitude. And I think that Viet Nam vets won't be at peace until they are shown some appreciation for their personal sacrifice - that's why I think that this year's Reading Together program is so wonderful - hopefully helping in "healing" some of the psychological wounds of war (especially THAT war)." 

"I was in the top of the balcony last night. What a crowd! Tim's speech was enthralling. And the whole program was impressive."

[from a teacher at Comstock High school] "Thank you so much for making it possible for us to come to this. Our kids loved it. I've gotten nothing but great feedback. Everything went smoothly and it was enjoyed by all."

Events: Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo

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Monday March 20 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo

The evening before his public appearances, author Tim O'Brien will greet area veterans at the Air Zoo.  This private reception is free and open to veterans of all wars and their guests, and is sponsored by the Kalamazoo Amateur Athletic Federation.  Veterans will also be able to tour two Vietnam-related exhibits on display at the Air Zoo:  the Smithsonian Institution's travelling photography exhibit, "Vietnam: Journey of the Heart," and a collection of artifacts and items on loan from local Vietnam veterans, "The Things WE Carried."  For more information, please call the Air Zoo at 269-382-6555.

Location: Air Zoo

Tuesday March 21 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo

After a private breakfast with high school students from three county high schools who have discussed the book together, O’Brien will speak to area high schools students from 9 to 11 am at the Kalamazoo Central auditorium.  This event is free and open to any high school student who has read The Things They Carried.

Location: Kalamazoo Central High School

Tuesday March 21 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo

O’Brien will give a craft talk on creative writing from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo.  This event is free and open to students and teachers of creative writing.  Space for this event is limited, and preregistration is required—call 553-7913 for more information.

Location: Epic Center

Tuesday March 21 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo

From 4:30 to 6 pm, O’Brien will sign books at the downtown Kalamazoo Public Library.

Location: KPL Central

Tuesday March 21 7:00 PM -
Tim O'Brien in Kalamazoo: Telling Stories*

At 7 pm, O’Brien will give a reading and public talk entitled “Telling Stories” at WMU’s Miller Auditorium.  Free ticket required for admission; tickets available February 16 at all public and academic libraries in the county.

Location: WMU - Miller Auditorium

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