Arna Bontemps Hemenway has won the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award for his debut collection of short stories, Elegy on Kinderklavier. Patrick Hemingway, the son of Nobel Prize–winning writer Ernest Hemingway, will present the award to Hemenway on Sunday, April 19, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The PEN/Hemingway is given annually to one distinguished first book of fiction and includes a $20,000 prize, a week long residency in The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and a Ucross Residency Fellowship for a full month at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers.
Hemenway is also the third place winner in the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, in which judge Chris Adrian called Elegy on Kinderklavier "one of the most ambitious, accomplished, and fearless new books I've read in years." Click here to read what others are saying about Hemenway's critically acclaimed debut.