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February 2006

Release Date: February 14, 2006

Novelist to Headline ASU Writers Conference

Novelist Tim O’Brien, author of critically acclaimed works on the Vietnam War, will headline Angelo State University’s 10th annual Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24 at ASU.

The conference will feature more than 20 speakers, including its namesake Kelton, in addition to O’Brien.

O’Brien will discuss his works in a public interview Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. Feb. 23, there will be a reception and book signing featuring Kelton. An evening with O’Brien followed by a book signing will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.

The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23 and continue at 9 a.m. Feb. 24. All events will be in the C.J. Davidson Ballroom in the ASU University Center.

O’Brien, a Vietnam War veteran and graduate of Harvard University’s School of Government, is an award-winning author whose works include the 1973 war memoir “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship me Home” and 1990’s “The Things They Carried.” His latest novel is “July, July.”

Kelton has written more than 40 books, including “The Time it Never Rained,” “The Man Who Rode Midnight” and “The Good Old Boys.” He currently is an adjunct professor of English at ASU. He is a seven-time winner of the Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur Award.

The conference is hosted by the ASU English Department and sponsored by the university. It is funded in part by College Bookstores of America, the ASU Alumni Center, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the English Department, and Guy and Eva Choate.

In addition to honoring Kelton, the conference celebrates literature by bringing outstanding writers to campus for interaction with students, faculty and community members. For more information, contact Leigh Harbin at (325) 942-2281, or visit the conference Web site