L O C A L E V E N T
THE BIG READ – PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Monday October 28, 2013
Source: SB Public Library
Award-winning Author Tim O'Brien made six appearances in Santa Barbara this last week, but The Big
Read program is far from over and there are more great events scheduled. Panel discussions of his book
and three performances of Happy Few at the public libraries will offer further opportunities for the
community to get involved in The Things They Carried. Everyone is encouraged to attend these events,
whether or not they have read the book.
Santa Barbara Public Library System's community reading and discussion program continues with a
panel discussion at the Goleta Library on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. with Brigadier General Fred
Lopez and UCSB professors John Majewski and Salim Yaqub. The Goleta Library is located at 500 N.
Fairview Ave. in Goleta.
On Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:00 p.m. the Central Library hosts Lt. Colonel Pat Rumpza, a former flight
officer who flew medevac in Vietnam; Iraqi War veteran Raymond Morua; Otis Graham, former Marine
Corps officer and retired UCSB history professor; and Professor Richard Hecht, of the UCSB Religious
Studies Program. The Central Library is located at 40 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara
The final panel will be at the Montecito Library on Nov. 6 at 4:00 p.m. Panelists will be Kirsten Olsen,
Psychologist and Veterans Services Coordinator at UCSB; Richard Hecht, UCSB religious studies
professor; and Peter Bie, US Army veteran and president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter
218 Santa Barbara. The Montecito Library is located at 1469 East Valley Rd. in Montecito.
Additionally, Ratatat Theater Group will be presenting Happy Few, a new play based on stories from
local veterans and Shakespeare's Henry V, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at 8:00 p.m. at the
Central Library. The play will also be presented on Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Solvang, at the Veterans
Memorial Hall, located at 1745 Mission Dr. All library performances are free of charge and open to the
Tim O'Brien was brought to Santa Barbara by the Library for The Big Read. His novel about the
experience of war and how it changes lives is being read and talked about by thousands throughout the
south coast this fall. His visit was a resounding success -- not only did he speak to three high school
groups and to hundreds of students and others at UCSB and SBCC, but he addressed a full house of
almost 800 enthusiastic people at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Many additional sponsors, including the Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library and the Diana and
Simon Raab Foundation, have supported the Santa Barbara Public Library System's five-week program.
More information about The Big Read is available online at SBPLibrary.org and from local public libraries.
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