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Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia War in 1995 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was created as a response to continuing the ideal of peace in 2005.  It's the only international literary peace prize in the United States. For the past 10 years it has honored authors from around the world for fiction, non-fiction and lifetime achievement.

 

Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen

Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The awards are given to authors who have written stories about peace, social justice, or global understanding and have been handed out since the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords ended the Bosnian war. 

Peace Prize founder and co-chair Sharon Rabb says six finalists were chosen in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.

Steinem To Receive Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Aug 12, 2015
Tom Marks

Gloria Steinem will receive an award from the organizers of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The author and activist will accept the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award at a ceremony in November. It’s the group’s highest honor.

Sharon Rab is the founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She says Steinem’s work has influenced generations of women, including Rab herself.

The Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia War in 1995 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was created as a response 11 years later. In this hour-long special, you'll hear speeches from authors who were honored for advancing peace through literature: Karima Bennoune, nonfiction winner for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Bob Shacochis, fiction winner for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and Louise Erdrich, winner of the Richard C. Holbroke Distinguished Achievement Award.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen

The winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and non-fiction have been announced and it was a big year for women writers.

Each year, Dayton Literary Peace Prizes are awarded to authors who’s stories center on peace, and social justice. Author Bob Shacochis will pick up the best fiction award for “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.” It's a novel that ties together catastrophic events in four countries over a span of fifty years—leading to the U.S. war on terror.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen

Born out of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards are given to authors who use their craft to tell stories of peace, social justice, and global understanding.

In July, organizers announced that author Louise Erdrich, the author of Love Medicine, The Round House, and The Plague of Doves will receive the be this year’s Richard C. Holbrooke Award.  The distinguished achievement award was named in honor of the celebrated U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate the ‘95 Peace Accords.

Dennie Eagleson

The Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia War in 1995 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was created as a response 11 years later.  It's the only international literary peace prize in the United States and honors authors from around the world for fiction, non-fiction and lifetime achievement.

In this special hour-long presentation of speeches from Dayton Literary Peace Prize award ceremony, held on November 3, 2013 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio, you'll hear award-winner authors Adam Johnson, Andrew Soloman and Wendell Berry talk about writing and peace.

 

Dennie Eagleson

Kentucky-based writer Wendell Berry was honored as the 2013 winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award as part of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize at a ceremony last night at the Schuster Center.  Other honorees included Adam Johnson in fiction for The Orphan Master's Son and Andrew Solomon in nonfiction for Far From the Tree.  Berry was presented his award by last year's honoree, Tim O'Brien.

Author, essayist and poet Wendell Berry has been named winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award. The award recognizes his steadfast promotion of the need for people to live in harmony with their environment.

The 79-year-old Kentucky-based writer of works highlighting the benefits of a simpler life backs up his words with his actions. He speaks out against strip-mining and other development he says damages the land. Meanwhile, he keeps a garden, raises sheep and lives largely technology-free on a hilly farm.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen

In this special presentation of the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize award ceremony, you'll hear from authors who have been honored for advancing peace through literature including Adam Hochshild, Andrew Krivack and Tim O'Brien, recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Distinguished Achievement.

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