Native American author to receive Hemingway literary award

April 7, 2019 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Native American author Tommy Orange is receiving a literary award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston

Orange is being awarded this year’s PEN/Hemingway award Sunday afternoon. The award recognizing his 2018 debut novel There There, which is about Native Americans living around Oakland, California.

The PEN/Hemingway award is named after famed novelist Ernest Hemingway and honors a debut novel of “exceptional merit by an American author.” The winner receives a $25,000 cash prize.

Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, is scheduled to bestow the award. Viet Thanh Nguyen, who earned a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Sympathizer, will deliver the keynote address.


The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers.