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THE BIG READ

Veteran's Oral History Project


This year, The Center for Literature and Theatre embarked on a unique collaboration with students at Miami Dade College to record veterans telling their own stories in order to share them as widely as possible.

This project is one of many in a month-long line-up of events and programs that make up The Big Read Miami 2013, all inspired by this year's chosen title, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, considered one of the best novels written about the Vietnam War.

A number of the veterans who participated in this oral history project also shared their rememberences with South Florida artists, who created artworks inspired by the tales. An exhibit of these works will take place on April 13 at GAB Studio, 105 NW 23rd Street, Wynwood Arts District, Miami.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read's goal is to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. All throughout the U.S., The Big Read brings communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate books and writers.

"You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end. Not then, not ever."
From Tim O'Brien's, The Things They Carried


For more information on The Big Read, click here.