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A Conversation with the 2017
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Registration: 9:00 am / Program: 10:00 am
Ponitz Center — Bldg 12 (North End Auditorium)
Sinclair College
West 4th Street, Dayton, OH 45402

Reservations required by Wednesday, Oct. 25.
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Brooklyn - An Evening with
Colm Tóibín

Monday, November 6
7:30 pm at the Neon Movies
130 E. 5th Street, Dayton
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Brooklyn Movie

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    2017 Award Winners

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Colm Tóibín
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

Colm Tóibín

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Fiction Winner

Patricia Engel
The Veins of the Ocean
(Grove Press)

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Nonfiction Winner

David Wood
What Have We Done
(Litte Brown and Company)

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Fiction Runner-up

Yaa Gyasi
(Alfred A. Knopf)

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Ben Rawlence
City of Thorns

Visit CORE Scholar See a complete bibliography and short history of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize on the website of CORE Scholar, an institutional repository sponsored by Wright State University Libraries. CORE Scholar collects and makes available the scholarly output of WSU faculty, staff, and students as well as local, regional, and WSU heritage material.

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The 2017 Winners


Patricia Engel, photo credit BeBe Jacobs

Patricia Engel
for The Veins of the Ocean


David Wood, photo credit Gina Santi

David Wood
for What Have We Done


The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the winners for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

"War and political turmoil come about when leaders lose their sense of right and wrong, but they can, in turn, impair the moral compasses of the individuals who, willingly or not, get caught up in such clashes," said Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "Starting from two very different perspectives, Patricia Engel and David Wood remind us that to break the cycle of conflict on the global level, we must support and promote the healing process on a personal level."

Click the photos above to learn more about the winning authors and their books. Click on the book jacket images on the left to learn more about the runners-up for these prizes.

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Fly with the Doves Book Circle

Help spread peace through the written word by joining DLPP’s new Fly with the Doves Book Circle Membership Program.

By joining and supporting this program you will help DLPP share the winning and nominated books with schools and universities so educators can incorporate them into their curricula and into their libraries. The first recipient of books funded by membership contributions will be the National Library at Sarajevo’s City Hall in Bosnia.

For every $25 you contribute when you join, a book will be donated — plus, as a member you will be listed as one of our Doves in the virtual “Fly with the Doves Book Circle” on the DLPP website (coming soon) and in the event program.

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DLPP 2016 Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen Recognized as MacArthur Fellow

Viet Thanh Nguyen, the 2016 winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction for his debut novel The Sympathizer has been named one of 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellows. The Foundation awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Learn more.
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DLPP Recognized as a "Contest with Vision"

While many literary contests honor work for its innovative or formal qualities, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was one of five organizations recognized in the May/June 2017 issue of Poets & Writers magazine for sponsoring prizes for literature that engages with social and political issues, helping to promote a more just and equitable world. Read article excerpt.
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Bridge to Understanding - Tulane University

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Tulane University and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize presented "Bridge to Understanding - a Discussion on Systemic Racism in America." The event was held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center and was free and open to the public. The discussion featured DLPP co-founder Sharon Rab, prize recipients Margaret Wrinkle, Wilbert Rideau, and Gilbert King and it was moderated by Bernice McFadden of Tulane. See slideshow from the event.
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