The 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards ceremony will be held on Nov 11th at the Schuster Center. The award honors authors from around the world who are using their world to help promote peace.
WYSO's Juliet Fromholt spoke with Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize about this year's honorees including non-fiction winner Adam Hochschild for "To End All Wars," fiction winner Andrew Krivak for "The Sojourn," and the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award winner Tim O'Brien.
The development of the railroad system in America was instrumental in the expansion of the nation that took place during the 19th Century. Without the railroads things might have turned out rather differently.
Christian Wolmar has written extensively about railroads. In "The Great Railroad Revolution," Wolmar's scintillating history of the development of the railroad system in America, readers will discover how this crucial expansion of railroads took place.
Russ Kick is the editor of an ambitious project called The Graphic Canon. This three volume series covers classics of literature rendered in an stunning range of graphic art forms.
The series begins at the dawn of literature with the Epic of Gilgamesh. The third and final edition of the Graphic Canon will cover literature of the 20th Century and will be issued next March. In this interview Russ Kick describes how he conceived of this project and then proceeded to bring it to fruition.
The years leading up to the Civil War were tumultuous ones. John's Brown's raid on the Federal armory at Harper's Ferry, Virginia served as a flash point for what was to follow. Tony Horwitz has delved into this fascinating slice of history with his usual reportorial zest.
Brown was opposed to slavery. Violently opposed. A deeply religious man, Brown's interpretation of the Bible left no doubt in his mind that slavery was wrong. He was willing to give his life for the abolitionist cause. And he was willing to sacrifice the lives of others as well.