INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Nevada College is presenting an evening with Tim O’Brien on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. on Patterson Lawn.O’Brien served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and later worked as a national affairs reporter for The Washington Post. He first won acclaim in 1973 with a memoir about his war experiences, “If I Die in a Combat Zone,” “Box Me Up” and “Ship Me Home.” O’Brien’s later novel in stories — “The Things They Carried” — received the National Magazine Award, and was named one of the twenty best books of the last quarter century by the New York Times. Its title refers to the things a soldier takes into combat, including physical items such as weapons, but also intangibles including fear, exhaustion, and memories.O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato and also wrote Northern Lights (1975), Tomcat in Love (1998), July, July (2002) and In the Lake of the Woods, which was named the best novel of 1994 by Time Magazine.Most recently, O’Brien was honored with the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Award, a lifetime achievement award carrying a $10,000.00 honorarium. This program is made possible by grant funding from the Library Services and Technology Act, the Nevada State Library and Archives, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and Nevada Humanities. The Community Read of The Things They Carried has been expanded this year to include the entire Incline Village/Crystal Bay community, with Incline Village High School students and local book groups reading the book and joining the discussion. Copies of the book are available at the Incline Village Public Library and Sierra Nevada College’s Prim Library.In addition to the free presentation by Tim O’Brien on Friday, the author will hold a craft talk on writing with Brian Turner ($50) on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Studies (TCES) room 139 at the college’s campus.Please contact the SNC Registrar’s Office to register for the Saturday morning workshop: Jane Rainwater at 775-881-7435 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Librarian Betts Markle at email@example.com or visit www.sierranevada.edu/read to learn more.
Western Nevada College’s compelling and provocative exhibition, Always Lost: A Meditation on War, will be on display through Sept. 23 at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village’s Prim Library, as part of SNC’s Writers in the Woods series. The multimedia exhibit features poetry, prose, Pulitzer Prize-winning Iraq War combat photos (courtesy of The Dallas Morning News), and the Wall of the Dead, a photographic collage of the more than 6,500 American military personnel who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.The exhibition originated in a creative writing class at WNC and has been on a national tour since 2010. Called “a national treasure” by one viewer, the exhibit has been invited to Washington, D.C., by members of the U.S. Senate. After the installation at SNC, the exhibit travels to Michigan Technological Institute and continues throughout the East and Midwest in 2013.Always Lost has evolved into a powerful meditation on the effects of war on each of us. It has become a sacred space in which to contemplate the personal costs and collective sacrifice of these particular conflicts, and consequently, of all wars. In the meantime, casualties continue to mount, and the Wall of the Dead continues to grow.To make a financial contribution to the traveling exhibition, contact the Western Nevada College Foundation at 775-445-3240, or visit www.wnc.edu/foundation or www.wnc.edu/always_lost.