Tim O'Brien + Lynn Novick on the Power of Storytelling

Vietnam Discussion

Tim O'Brien + Lynn Novick on the Power of Storytelling

Wednesday, October 18
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kagin Commons (Macalester College)
21 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, MN 55105


Minnesota author and Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried) and filmmaker Lynn Novick (THE VIETNAM WAR), discuss the power of storytelling with regards to the epic topic of the Vietnam War.

Admission includes refreshments, cash bar, an opportunity to share your story for inclusion on the Story Wall, clips from THE VIETNAM WAR, audience Q+A, and book-signing.


5:30 | Doors open

5:30 – 6:45 | Story-gathering

7:00 – 8:30 | Program

8:30 | Book-signing

We felt it was important to take a look at the story of the war, what happened and why. And perhaps most important – why is it such a difficult subject for us to talk about as a country? Mission one for us was to honor the service and sacrifice of the people who served and died. Give them their due respect as part of the larger story of what our country went through and also what this experience meant for the Vietnamese people.
– Lynn Novick, excerpted from PBS filmmaker interview

Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.
– Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

MN Remembers Vietnam

This program is part of the MINNESOTA REMEMBERS VIETNAM initiative. This collaboration among the Minnesota PBS stations features an online Story Wall, various documentaries, and a series of public screenings and commemorative events to remember, honor, and understand this tumultous time in history. Learn more about the initiative here.

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