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Press Release for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Performs Reading at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


Author Tim O’Brien, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, will perform a reading from his book “The Things They Carried” at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Student Union Ballroom at the University of North Florida.

In 2005, “The Things They Carried” was named by The New York Times as one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of “The Things They Carried” received one of France’s highest literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from “The ThingsThey Carried” received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in “The Best American Short Stories of the Century.”


The author of eight books, O’Brien’s writing career was launched in 1973 with the release of “ If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home ,” about his war experiences in Vietnam. He received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel “Going After Cacciato.” His book, “In the Lake of the Woods,” published in 1994, was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of that year and also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians, selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for a distinguished body of work. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s, Granta, and several editions of “The O. Henry Prize Stories” and “The Best American Short Stories.”


O’Brien attended graduate school at Harvard University and received an internship at the Washington Post . He is now a visiting professor and endowed chair at Texas State University—San Marcos , where he teaches in the Creative Writing Program.


This event, which is sponsored by Jacksonville Public Library, WJCT, Cultural Fusion, Players by the Sea and UNF, is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Marcus Pactor, UNF Department of English, at or at (904) 673-0814.