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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

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The 2018 Richard C. Holbrooke
Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

John Irving, 2018 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

John Irving

"Novels and stories invite people into a writer’s worldview. For forty years and counting, I’ve written about sexual difference and sexual minorities — at times, when the prevailing literary culture labeled it bizarre or niche. I’ve written with the hope that the bigotry, hatred, and flat-out violence perpetrated on sexual minorities would become a relic of the past. In that sense I’ve written in protest — I’ve written protest novels. And yet, if I’ve written characters whose stories give them access to the breadth of human experience and emotion, I’ve done my job as a writer. Novels are my platform; if a prize helps bring attention to my subject matter, then I welcome it."

                            - John Irving

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Committee is pleased to announce that John Irving is the 2018 winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. [Learn more.]

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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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Notable Articles, Videos, and Events

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Radio Interview with DLPP Prize Winner

Pulitzer-winning author Gilbert King, 2013 runner-up for the nonfiction award for his book, The Devil in the Grove, describes his latest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, in an interview with Vick Mickunas, host of WYSO's "Book Nook" program. Listen to the interview.
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TED Talk by DLPP Prize Winner

Pulitzer-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, 2011 runner-up for the nonfiction award for her book, The Warmth of Other Suns, tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s. Watch the TED Talk.
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DLPP Founder, Sharon Rab, to be Honored by the Dayton YWCA

On March 8, 2018, Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was one of seven women honored by the Dayton YWCA during its 2018 "Women of Influence" awards luncheon at the Dayton Convention Center. Learn more.
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Spirit of ’64: Miami University and the Enduring Legacy of Freedom Summer

On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, Miami University hosted an event that reflects on how Freedom Summer became the catalyst for progress and change in the United States. Alumni Wil Haygood ’76 and Jeff Pegues ’92 shared their thoughts on race in America; attendees received copies of their most recent books. Learn more.
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