Homer Hickam (above ), the best-selling author best known for his 1998 memoir, Rocket Boys , which deals with his life growing up in a small West Virginia coal town in the fifties, will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award at the Saturday night (Aug. 20) Awards Banquet at VVA’s National Convention at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. Hickam served as a 1st Lieutenant with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-68.
His latest book, The Dinosaur Hunter , is a fast-moving adventure novel set in the present-day Montana ranchlands. It centers on a former L.A. homicide detective who uses his police skills as sketchy things begin to happen in and around his ranch. The book “is fun, ” reviewer Carolyn See wrote in The Washington Post , “and if you don’t already live in Montana, it’s a perfect escape.”
For more info on the book, and Hickam’s other novels and memoirs, go to the author’s web site .