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Contact us

Louisiana
Center for the Book

Celebrating Readers, Writers and Their Books

If you are looking for Information on author submission criteria, follow this link or email the Louisiana Book Festival Office with questions concerning author submissions.

SEND US EMAIL
(225) 219 - 9503
Louisiana Center for the Book
701 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Harry Laver
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Harry S. Laver has a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He has extensive knowledge of American military history from positions at West Point, Delta State University and currently at Southeastern Louisiana University since 2001. Besides teaching and research, he leads battlefield tours of Chalmette, Civil War sites and world war locations in France and Belgium. He is working on his third book, on the leadership of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight Eisenhower.

Panel: Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and Its Place in the Tradition of American War Literature

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. 
 
The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three.

Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.

 

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

House Committee Room 3

Discussion

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried and Its Place in the Tradition of American War Literature

Presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the State Library of Louisiana as part of the statewide Big Read Project.