Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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.

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.

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.

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