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A Conversation with the 2019
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

Conversation with Authors

Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:00 AM Registration; 10:00 AM Program

Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center, Building 12
West 4th Street, Dayton, OH 45402

Limited seating: reservations accepted for the first 300.
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Book signing after the program; Books will be available for purchase. Free underground parking is available under Building 12 off of W. 4th Street.

2019 Finalist Judges

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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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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.

The 2019 Finalists

Gina Apostol, credit Margarita Corporan Moriel Rothman-Zecher, credit Uri Gershuni Richard Powers, credit Dean D. Dixon Tommy Orange
Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, credit Carl von Arbin Mary Lynn Bracht, credit Tim Hall Tara Westover David Blight, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Khalida Brohi Eli Saslow Anthony Ray Hinton Wil Haygood

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

“At a time when the Dayton community and the nation are still reeling from the August 4th mass shooting, this year’s finalists offer moving examples of people who have forged a path to peace and reconciliation through even the most violent and unjust situations,” said Sharon Rab, Chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. “These books remind us that, as the planet grows ever more interconnected, violence can have far-reaching repercussions -- but so can peace, and every individual effort toward healing, whatever the circumstances, can go a long way toward making the world a better place.”

==> Learn more about their books.
==> Read the full press release.

Notable Articles, Videos, and Events

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Skype Interview with DLPP Honoree

The Tipp City Library hosted a Skype interview with Gilbert King at 7:30 pm on Monday, January 28. King's most recent book is Beneath a Ruthless Sun. In 2013 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize nonfiction runner-up for Devil in the Grove. Participants were able to ask King questions during his interview. Learn more.
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Community Conversations

The public was invited to join area scholars and community readers at the Dayton MetroLibrary in the fall of 2018 for wide ranging conversations about books written by authors honored by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Discussions addressed 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, described 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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