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DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE TO HONOR WENDELL BERRY WITH
RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Influential novelist, essayist, poet, farmer, and activist
to be honored at Dayton ceremony on November 3rd
Dayton, OH (August 12, 2013) – In recognition of a lifetime of letters exploring how humans can live more harmoniously
with both the land and each other, Wendell Berry, the novelist, essayist, poet, farmer, and activist, will receive the 2013
Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, organizers of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced today.
Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international
literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice,
and global understanding. The Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award is named in honor of the celebrated U.S. diplomat,
who played an instrumental role in negotiating the Accords. The award, which recognizes authors for their complete body of work,
will be presented to Berry at a gala ceremony in Dayton on November 3, 2013. 2012 winner Tim O’Brien will present the award to Berry.
Born in Kentucky during The Great Depression, Berry is a full-time farmer who has written more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction,
and poetry that explore themes of community, conservation, and the quiet power of living a simple and slower life. Frequently
compared to Henry David Thoreau, Berry is also one of today’s most fearless and eloquent cultural critics. His essays on issues
ranging from the economy and globalization to marriage and national security have become modern-day manifestos influencing a
generation of writers and activists including Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan, and Barbara Kingsolver, the 2011 recipient of the
Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. His novels, poetry and essay collections include Nathan Coulter (1960),
The Broken Ground (1964), A Place on Earth (1967), The Unsettling of America (1977), Citizenship Papers (2003),
Hannah Coulter (2004), Bringing it to The Table (2009) and A Place in Time (2012). In 2011, he received
The National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama and he was named the 2012
Jefferson Lecturer, the
highest government honor for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
"In a career spanning more than half a century, Wendell Berry has used poetry, fiction, and essays to offer a consistent, timely,
and timeless reminder that we must live in harmony with the earth in order to live in harmony with each other,” said Sharon Rab,
founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. “His writing has inspired readers to imagine the lives of
people and things other than themselves – enemies, neighbors, plants, and animals – in order to advance the survival of humankind
and Earth itself.”
"In a time that spends so many words and dollars upon conflict, it is encouraging to be noticed for having said a few words in
favor of peace," said Berry.
Berry will join the ranks of past winners of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, formerly called the Lifetime
Achievement Award, including Studs Terkel (2006), Elie Wiesel (2007), Taylor Branch (2008), Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
(2009), Geraldine Brooks (2010), Barbara Kingsolver (2011), and Tim O'Brien (2012).
Finalists for the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize will be announced in mid-August 2013.
About the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social
justice, and global understanding. Launched in 2006, it has already established itself as one of the world’s
most prestigious literary honors, and is the only literary peace prize awarded in the United States. As an offshoot
of the Dayton Peace Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards a $10,000 cash prize each year to one fiction
and one nonfiction author whose work advances peace as a solution to conflict, and leads readers to a better
understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. An annual lifetime achievement
award, renamed the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011, is also bestowed upon a writer
whose body of work reflects the Prize's mission; previous honorees include Studs Terkel, Elie Wiesel, Taylor
Branch, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver, and Tim O'Brien. For more
information visit the Dayton Literary Peace Prize media center at
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