Academic journal article The Hemingway Review

News from the Hemingway Collection

Academic journal article The Hemingway Review

News from the Hemingway Collection

Article excerpt

ON 9 APRIL, Jhumpa Lahiri received the 2000 Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for the best first book of fiction.

It is only proper to pay tribute to this award in the 25th year of its presentation. Founded in 1976 by PEN member Mary Hemingway, both to honor the memory of Ernest Hemingway and to draw attention to first books of fiction, the $7,500 annual award has become America's best known prize for a distinguished first book of fiction. Since Mary Hemingway's death in 1986, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation has endowed the award.

Respect for the aims of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award has, over the years, drawn together a diverse group of organizations, instititutions, and people. The Award is administered by PEN, the only worldwide organization of writers, editors, and publishers. Through the efforts of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award ceremony was permanently moved to the John F. Kennedy Library in 1992. Since 1995, the UCross Foundation, a residence for artists and writers located in Clearmont, Wyoming, has offered expense-paid residencies to the winner, runners-up, and alternates.

Patrick Hemingway presented the Award to Lahiri at an afternoon ceremony at the Kennedy Library. …

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