The Cabarrus County Public Library and its community partners plan many events as part of the 2011 "One Book, One Community - Cabarrus Reads" program.
This year's book is "The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien. Tracing the tour of one U.S. Army platoon, the award-winning book is a tale of the Vietnam War and also a brutal, sometimes funny, often profound narrative about the human heart. The program's objective is to bring people together across Cabarrus County to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.
Activities in March and April include community book discussions, theater events, children's and family programs, films, a photography exhibit and more.
The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be at Frank Liske Park March 31-April 3 with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. March 31. The wall tours communities nationwide. Its Traveling Museum chronicles the Vietnam War era and the healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and its Information Center allows people to learn about friends and loved ones lost in the war.
Author Tim O'Brien will visit several schools in Cabarrus County to talk about his experiences and answer questions about the book and his writing life. His visit to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College's facility on the N.C. Research Campus 3-5 p.m. April 8 is free. Registration is required; contact Amelia Likin at 704-216-358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
O'Brien will give a free lecture and book-signing 7:30-9 p.m. April 9 at the Hampton Inn, 612 Dickens Place N.E., Concord (off I-85 Exit 60). Books will be for sale. Registration is required; call Kris Benshoff at 704-920-2053. Door prize will be a Kindle.
Next book discussions: For details call Terry Prather, 704-920-1180.
Thursday, noon, Harrisburg Branch Library meeting room. Discussion leader: Melinda Metz, local author.
March 28, 7 p.m., Oak Tree Coffee Co., Kannapolis. Leader: Ben McNeely, Independent Tribune writer.
March 29, 7 p.m., Rocky River Coffee Co., Concord. Leader: Melinda Metz.
March 31, 1 p.m., Cabarrus County Veterans Museum, Concord. Leader: Michael Eury, executive director, Historic Cabarrus Association.