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An Evening for Justice & Peace

7:00 pm, Friday, November 18, 2016
The Victoria Theatre
138 North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402

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A Conversation with the 2016
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

9:00 am, Sunday, November 20, 2016
Ponitz Center — Bldg 12 (North End Auditorium)
Sinclair College
West 4th Street, Dayton, OH 45402

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    2016 Award Winners

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Marilynne Robinson
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

Marilynne Robinson

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Fiction Winner

Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer
(Grove Atlantic)

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Nonfiction Winner

Susan Southard
(Viking/Penguin Random House)

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Fiction Runner-up

James Hannaham
Delicious Foods
(Little, Brown and Co.)

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
Find Me Unafraid

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The 2016 Winners


Viet Thanh Nguyen, photo credit BeBe Jacobs

Viet Thanh Nguyen
for The Sympathizer


Susan Southard, photo credit Gina Santi

Susan Southard
for Nagasaki


The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the winner for the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

"This year's winners remind us that the effects of war reverberate many years and often many generations after treaties are signed," said Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "Together, these stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Susan Southard offer cautionary tales but also guideposts to lead us toward a greater understanding of those who are originally seen as enemies."

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An Evening for Justice & Peace

Join us on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton for an evening for justice and peace. Hear stories told by Dayton Literary Peace Prize authors of justice delayed, justice denied, justice won. The program focuses on the life of Thurgood Marshall and the timeless significance of his work.

Gilbert King, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize recipient and Pulitzer Prize winning author, and Wil Haygood a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist, will give keynote addresses. They will be joined in a panel discussion by Professor Mark Godsey, Ricky Jackson, Jeff Hobbs, and Christopher R. Riano. Click here for more information.

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Wendell Berry Honored by NBCC

The National Book Critics Circle has announced that Wendell Berry is the winner of their Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Berry was our 2013 winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Award for lifetime achievement. Click here for more information.
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Sharon Rab Honored by WSU

We are pleased to share the news that Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Wright State University during fall commencement at the Wright State Nutter Center on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Click here for more information.
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Karima Bennoune Honored by UN

We are pleased to share the news that the United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Karima Bennoune, winner of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, as Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. Click here for more information.
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