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Author Series
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    2018 Award Winners

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John Irving
Ambassador Richard C.
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

John Irving

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Fiction Winner

Hala Alyan
Salt Houses

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Nonfiction Winner

Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power
(One World PRH)

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Fiction Runner-up

Min Jin Lee
(Grand Central)

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Michelle Kuo
Reading with Patrick
(Random House)

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The 2018 Winners


Hala Alyan, photo credit Beowulf Sheehan

Hala Alyan
for Salt Houses


Ta-Nehisi Coates, photo credit Nina Subin

Ta-Nehisi Coates
for We Were Eight Years
in Power


The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

"This year's winners and runners-up remind us just how much individual lives are shaped by broader political circumstances – and how abruptly those circumstances can change," said Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "From Alyan's portrait of characters repeatedly displaced by an age-old conflict to Coates's incisive analysis of the modern US presidency, these books help us view politics through both an emotional and an intellectual lens, strengthening our empathy while sharpening our powers of political perception."

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The Holbrooke Society

Introducing DLPP’s new annual giving society — The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Members of the society support the long-term sustainability of the DLPP. They also foster the growth of new initiatives and programs that spread peace internationally through the written word, such as new curricula in peace literature for high school and university students.

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Fly with the Doves Book Circle

Help spread peace through the written word by joining DLPP’s 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.

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 on our Dove Members page and in the event program.

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Community Conversations

Join area scholars and community readers at the Dayton MetroLibrary this fall for wide ranging conversations about books written by authors honored by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Discussions will address the works’ impact and artistry, essential themes, and connections to the authors’ other work, and the power of the written word to promote peace. Learn more.
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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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Wil Haygood Receives Miami University President's Medal

DLPP 2016 Master of Ceremonies Wil Haygood received The Miami University President's Medal and as the keynote speaker at Convocation 2018 he provided a message of hope and respect to Miami University's Class of 2022. He asked the class to “exude civility” and to respect each other.
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