The FIU Creative Writing Program and The Betsy-South Beach honored author Tim O’Brien with the 2016 Lawrence A. Sanders Award in Fiction during an award ceremony April 29.
O’Brien is a novelist best known for his work of fiction, The Things They Carried, a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories inspired by his experience in the Vietnam War. In 2005, it was named one of the 22 best books of the last quarter century by the New York Times. O’Brien’s In the Lake of the Woods was chosen by Time magazine as the best novel of the year in 1994.
Hosted by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English, the Lawrence A. Sanders Award in Fiction is awarded annually to a writer of fiction, identified by the Creative Writing Program, whose work combines literary excellence with popular appeal. The award is supported by a grant from the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation of Boca Raton. Previous award recipients include Michael Ondaatje, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Isabel Allende, Richard Ford and Pat Conroy.