Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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.

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.

Vietnam veteran and author Tim O'Brien has been named the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award.

O'Brien's books and short stories show war from a regular soldier's eyes and also chronicle its long-lasting impacts. He wrote about his Vietnam experience as an Army infantryman in the 1973 memoir: "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home." Subsequent works have combined fiction with real details from his experience.

Last night the first-ever Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award was given to Barbara Kingsolver as part of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The former Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in honor of the late Richard C. Holbrooke, the United States diplomat who was instrumental in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. Holbrooke passed away in December 2010 while serving as special advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan under President Obama.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for October 2, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Sharon Raab about the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

-Juliet Fromholt speaks with Jennifer Knapp about her return to music and upcoming show at Canal Street Tavern.

-An interview with Marion Schwilk-Thomas in Conrad's Corner

This year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners have been announced. There were more than 70 nominees for the prizes this year. From member station WYSO in Yellow Springs, Jerry Kenney reports on who got the top spots.

Topping this year’s fiction category is Chang-rae Lee, chosen for his Novel "The Surrendered." Wilbert Rideau picked up the non-fiction prize for his prison memoir - "In the Place of Justice."  Co-founder and Director of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Sharon Rab says choosing Rideau may seem like an unusual pick.

Geraldine Brooks has made a seemingly seamless transition from her previous career as a foreign correspondent to her present occupation of novelist.

Brooks visited the Book Nook in early September, 2001 to talk about her first historical novel "Year of Wonders." She returns to discuss her latest effort, "Caleb's Crossing." This book is based on the true story of a Wampanoag Indian who graduated from Harvard College during the 17th century.

Geraldine Brooks, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2010 lifetime achievement winner on moments of peace. Also included are closing thoughts from Nick Clooney, the master of ceremonies for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards.

For more information on the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, visit www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org

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