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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 Finalists

Mohsin Hamid Jenny Erpenbeck Min Jin Lee Hala Alyan
Jesmyn Ward Jaroslav Kalfar James Wright Benjamin Rachlin
M. Evelina Galang Michelle Kuo Helen Thorpe Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

"Many of this year's finalists explore the concept of 'home' at a time when more and more people find themselves forced to leave theirs, whether because of war, poverty, political turmoil, or dreams of new opportunities," said Sharon Rab, Chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "These books help the reader cultivate their ability to understand and empathize with people from very different backgrounds than their own – an ability that is becoming increasingly vital in today's turbulent world."

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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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Notable Articles, Videos, and Events

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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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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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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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