Heidi Czerwiec in the UND English Department is coordinating the Greater Grand Forks Big Read, which just got funding from the NEA to host a Big Read event in the area from October 15-November 15, 2010. The featured book is Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a novel in short stories about a platoon in the Vietnam War. There will be a month of events including book discussions, performances, panels, writing workshops, movie screenings, and hopefully an appearance by Tim O'Brien himself.
To learn more about O'Brien, you can check out his page at Goodreads. And you can also learn more about him at this Library of Congress page.