Discuss Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried tonight from 6:30-8 pm at 3324 S. Perry St., or Tuesday afternoon from 1-2:30 pm at the Hillyard Senior Center, 4001 N. Cook St.
Watch Mel Gibson and Greg Kinnear in a movie about the first Vietnam War battle involving Americans, We Were Soldiers, at the Downtown Library on Wed, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
The works of several authors appearing at Get Lit
are pertinent to "Telling the American Story"
— look in particular for Louise Borden, Kelly Milner Halls, Julie Otsuka and Suzanne Morgan Williams.
One particular event to note: Jack Hamann's "Speaking Truth to Power"
on Sat, April 16, from 3:30-4:30 pm at EWU's Riverpoint Campus. It's about the unjust prosecution during World War II of several black U.S. soldiers stationed here in Washington state -- only to be reversed decades later when new evidence surfaced. Read an NPR transcript
. Visit Hamann's website
. (That's Hamann on the right.)
The culminating event of both the Big Read and Get Lit, of course, is Tim O'Brien's appearance at the Bing on Sat, April 16, at 8 pm, with an oral-history film about local veterans and the poetry of Brian Turner as opening acts.
And there's a final book discussion at the Deer Park Library on Sun, April 24, from noon-1:30 pm
We'll cover the final three days of Get Lit (April 15-17) in Thursday's April 14 issue.