One of our most honored and esteemed writers, Tim O’Brien makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for a long-anticipated non-fiction work, Dad’s Maybe Book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
“[A] stirring blend of memoir, letters to his young sons, and meditations on the humbling nature of parenthood . . . It’s a work that’s the spiritual inheritor of John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley and Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. Like those, Dad’s Maybe Book dwells on the state of America and American life. He takes absolutism to task, finds qualifications for his own pacifism and considers the paradox of a moral society that allows for forever war.” - Time Magazine.
Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award for fiction forty years ago (1979) for Going After Cacciato, and is also the author of The Things They Carried and In the Lake of the Woods, among other works. In 2013, he received the Pritzker Award, a lifetime achievement honor.
Tim O'Brien will appear in conversation with novelist, short story writer and writing teacher Adrianne Harun. Her books include, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Viking), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. A longtime resident of Port Townsend, Washington, she has taught as a core faculty member of the Rainier Writing Workshops, an MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a faculty member at the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South.