Tim O’Brien wins $100,000 military writing prize

FILE - Vietnam veteran and author Tim O'Brien is seen in an undated photo provided by himself. (AP Photo/Meredith O'Brien, File)
FILE - Vietnam veteran and author Tim O'Brien is seen in an undated photo provided by himself. (AP Photo/Meredith O'Brien, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A $100,000 prize for military writing has been awarded to an author of fiction.

Tim O’Brien, known for books such as “The Things They Carried” and “In the Lake of the Woods,” has received the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.

The honor, announced Tuesday, has previously been given to acclaimed historians such as James McPherson and Rick Atkinson. O’Brien is the first fiction writer to win.

The 66-year-old O’Brien served in the Vietnam War from 1968-70 and often draws directly on his experiences as a soldier.

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