BOSTON (AP) — An Iraq war veteran will be recognized with an award for his first novel.
Kevin Powers, author of ‘‘The Yellow Birds,’’ has won the 2013 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction. The award comes with a $10,000 prize and a residency for visiting writers in a University of Idaho creative writing program.
Powers served in the U.S. Army, working as a machine gunner and with bomb disposal squads.
His novel looks at the bond between two privates and the traumas they suffer in battle.
Patrick Hemingway, son of late author Ernest Hemingway, will present the award on March 24 at JFK Library and Museum in Boston. Author and playwright Colm Toibin will be the event’s keynote speaker.