Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dayton Literary Peace Price/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Price/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 Price/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Price/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 Price/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Price/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.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 30, 2012 including the following stories:

- Emily McCord's report for NPR on the Welcome Dayton program.

- Tim O'Brien's speech at the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  O'Brien is this year's recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 23, 2012 including the following stories:

- Emily McCord reports on "Dropoly," a joint initiative from the University of Dayton and Energize Clinton County to help residents save money.

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Kent Youngman, CEO of the Greene County Mental Health and Recovery Board, about substances abuse and mental health issues and awareness in the area.

- Two speeches from the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Adam Hochshild, the nonfiction winner, and fiction winner, Anderw Krivak. 

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 16, 2012 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney interviews David Seyer, executive director of A Special Wish Foundation about their efforts. 

- Jerry Kenney interviews two students from McKinley Middle School in Yellow Springs about a book collection they're holding for schools in Rawanda.

- Jerry Kenney speaks with members of the Fifth Street Brewpub Coop.

- The first in our series of speeches from the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace.  We hear from non-fiction runner up, Annia Ciezadlo.

Mary Lou Guizzo

Don't Miss Out on One of the Largest Book Fairs in the Midwest.  The Friends of Planned Parenthood 42nd Annual Book Fair is today, Saturday and Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

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