CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2013—On Oct. 23, the Pritzker Military Library marks the end of its first historic decade as a fixture in Chicago and an international repository for works pertaining to the citizen soldier. In celebration, the Library has a fall schedule packed with festive events, including the announcement of a new prize; the publication of a new book; the dedication of a new Oral History Room; the unveiling of two new commissioned paintings; a military history symposium; and, in culmination, its 10th annual Liberty Gala on Nov. 16.
On Oct. 23, exactly ten years after first opening its doors, the Library will announce a new prize commemorating the anniversary. This prize, to be called the “Pritzker Military Library Founder’s Literary Award,” will honor one of the most acclaimed writers of the last century. Also on Oct. 23, a new oil painting will be officially unveiled by renowned military artist James Dietz.
On Nov. 15, the Library will host a military history symposium. “ON WAR: Exploring 20th Century Conflicts” will feature six of today’s most distinguished military and history writers: Tim O’Brien, Karl Marlantes, Allan Millett, Gerhard Weinberg, Carlo D’Este, and Sir Max Hastings.
On Nov. 16, the Library’s tenth annual Liberty Gala will be held at the Hilton Chicago. Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried and If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, will be awarded the 2013 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Sponsored by the Tawani Foundation, the award includes a medallion, citation, and $100,000 honorarium.
Finally, the Library will publish an anthology of military writing to be released Nov. 23 at the National World War II Museum’s International Conference in New Orleans. ON WAR: The Best Military Histories will feature works by all seven of the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award-Winning Authors.
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