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Posts Tagged ‘Tim O’Brien’

3 Portraits of Writers Featured in ‘The Boomer List’ Exhibit

NewseumThe old adage goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The Newseum is hosting an exhibit called “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.”

Three of the nineteen portraits in this display feature writers: The Things They Carried author Tim O’Brien, The Joy Luck Club novelist Amy Tan, and The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler. A closing date for this exhibit has been set for July 05, 2015.

Here’s more about this exhibition: “In addition to the 19 portraits, a timeline of historic events that defined the baby boom generation will be displayed, featuring news magazines from the Newseum collection plus more than 30 iconic artifacts, including news magazines from the Newseum collection plus a copy of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s parental advice book, Baby and Child Care, an original 1959 Barbie doll, a 1964 G.I. Joe action figure, a transistor radio, and a U.S. Army draft card from 1965. The artifacts illustrate the news events and pop culture moments that defined the baby boom generation, from its start in 1946 until 1982, when the last boomers turned 18.”

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Bryan Cranston To Narrate ‘The Things They Carried’

audible_logo._V400592310_Producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will work together with documentarian Ken Burns to curate an audiobook collection for Audible called Playtone.

The series is named after the three creators’ film and television production company, featuring a wide range of books–you can see the complete list of titles below.  The series will include Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried narrated by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Check it out:

Other books in the Playtone line are the classic war memoirs With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge and Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie. These two memoirs, which inspired Playtone’s award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, are narrated by the actors who portrayed Sledge and Leckie in the series, Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale, and both feature introductions by Hanks. Finally, celebrated documentarian Burns (The Civil WarThe Dust Bowl) has handpicked a selection of audiobooks covering the past 150 years of American history that has inspired his own work, personally recording introductions to each.

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Wendell Berry Wins the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation has named Wendell Berry as the winner of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The award comes with a $10,000 honorarium.

Berry will be honored at a gala ceremony scheduled to take place on November 3rd. Tim O’Brienlast year’s winner, will present the award to him. Berry’s essays, books, and extensive body of work has influenced many writers including Bill McKibbenMichael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver.

He gave this statement in the release: “In a time that spends so many words and dollars upon conflict, it is encouraging to be noticed for having said a few words in favor of peace.”

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Tim O’Brien Wins $100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award

Novelist Tim O’Brien has won the 2013 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, the first time a fiction writer has won the $100,000 prize.

In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we interviewed O’Brien about the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking collection about Vietnam, The Things They Carried.

Press play to listen on SoundCloud, and we’ve included some excerpts from the interview below as well…

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Tim O’Brien Wins the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

Vietnam War veteran Tim O’Brien has won the 2012 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. This $10,000 honorarium is awarded by the organizers behind the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

During the ceremony, the National Book Award-winning novelist fought back tears as he accepted his award. Follow this link to view a video with O’Brien’s full speech. Last yearThe Poisonwood Bible author Barbara Kingsolver won this prize.

Here’s more from the release: “‘The Dayton Literary Peace Prize promotes  the cause of peace by helping people understand the ugly realities of war on a deep, personal level, which is exactly what I strive to do in my work,’ said O’Brien. ‘It is a great, great honor to have been chosen as a recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Award. Over what has been a long career, this award means more to me than any other — by far.’”

Barack Obama Bookstore; Tim O’Brien Writing Tips; Gossip Girl Producer Book Deal: Weekend Reading

As you enjoy the weekend, check out the video embedded above and learn how to make a cover for your Amazon Kindle (or other eReader)–from scratch. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

We learned how to use Google TV ads to promote your book (cheaply!) on television.

Novelist Tim O’Brien gave us writing tips and reflected on the 20th anniversary of The Things They Carried.

While President Barack Obama used an indie bookstore in Iowa to illustrate his health care plan, the Washington Post and PublicAffairs decided to rush a new book about the health insurance reform bill.

A Gossip Girl producer landed a book deal for a YA trilogy. In semi-related news, two Jersey Shore castmates also cut a book deal.

Following controversial reviews of a Michael Lewis bestseller, readers debated Amazon’s customer reviews policy.

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O. Henry Prize Stories Partners with PEN American Center

9780307280350.gifIn a new partnership with the Pen American Center, the Anchor Books imprint announced that the annual “O. Henry Prize Stories” anthology as the “PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.”

The collection has been published since 1919. This year’s contest will be judged by A. S. Byatt, Anthony Doerr, and Tim O’Brien, culling winners from thousands of short stories.

Here’s more from the release: “The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Diaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City.” (Via NYT)