Tim O’Brien, a bestselling author who draws on his experiences in the Vietnam War, will receive the 2012 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, organizers of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced this week.
The award will be presented to O’Brien at a gala ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Schuster Center in Dayton. As part of the award, O’Brien will receive a $10,000 honorarium.
O’Brien served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in Vietnam for one year and then worked as a national affairs reporter for The Washington Post. He first won acclaim in 1973 with the memoir “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home.” His 1990 story collection “The Things They Carried” was named one of the 20 best books of the last quarter century by the New York Times.
Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the U.S. The Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award is named in honor of the U.S. diplomat, who played an important role in negotiating the accords. JACQUI BOYLE