Dayton Literary Peace Prize

71 years ago the United States of America made the top secret decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan. The first bomb exploded above the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A short time later a second bomb was detonated over the city of Nagasaki. World War Two ended soon thereafter as Japan surrendered.
 

Two books focused on the aftermath of 20th century wars are winners of awards from an Ohio group that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize nonfiction winner is "Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War," Susan Southard's examination of the enduring impact of the U.S. use of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city in World War II.

Viet Thanh Nguyen won for fiction with "The Sympathizer," featuring a double agent in the Vietnam War aftermath.

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.

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