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2017 Holbrooke Award Winner!

2017 Awards Ceremony

5:00 pm, November 5th, 2017
Benjamin and Marian Schuster
Performing Arts Center
One West Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402

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    2016 Award Winners

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Marilynne Robinson
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

Marilynne Robinson

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Fiction Winner

Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer
(Grove Atlantic)

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Nonfiction Winner

Susan Southard
(Viking/Penguin Random House)

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Fiction Runner-up

James Hannaham
Delicious Foods
(Little, Brown and Co.)

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
Find Me Unafraid

Visit CORE Scholar See a complete bibliography and short history of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize on the website of CORE Scholar, an institutional repository sponsored by Wright State University Libraries. CORE Scholar collects and makes available the scholarly output of WSU faculty, staff, and students as well as local, regional, and WSU heritage material.

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The 2017 Richard C. Holbrooke
Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

Colm Tóibín, 2016 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

Colm Tóibín

"Our task as writers is to work on our sentences, pay close attention to the rhythm, texture and tone of prose. Mostly, our books will be read silently, as they are written silently. Our aim is to reach the reader’s imagination, have an effect on the nervous systems of other people. In ways that are both powerful and mysterious a book or a story can deepen the complexity of who we are in the world, how we feel, offering no easy resolutions, no simple images. Through fiction, we learn to see others. The page is not a mirror. It is blank when I start to write, but it contains a version of the world when I finish. It is there for others to be inspired by. Slowly then, a sentence or set of sentences that have their own integrity, their own sense of balance, their own striving towards worth, can become a sonorous metaphor for much else, including for how we might live in the world, how we might see others, what we might do. Good writing thus has elements and undercurrents that are moral as much as aesthetic. Good sentences offer us a way to imagine life in all its strangeness and ambiguity and possibility, alert us to the power of the imagination to transform and transcend our nature, offer us a blueprint not only for who we are but for who we might be, who we might become."

                            - Colm Tóibín

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Committee is pleased to announce that Colm Tóibín is the 2017 winner of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. [Learn more.]

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Fly with the Doves Book Circle

Help spread peace through the written word by joining DLPP’s new Fly with the Doves Book Circle Membership Program.

By joining and supporting this program you will help DLPP share the winning and nominated books with schools and universities so educators can incorporate them into their curricula and into their libraries. The first recipient of books funded by membership contributions will be the National Library at Sarajevo’s City Hall in Bosnia.

For every $25 you contribute when you join, a book will be donated — plus, as a member you will be listed as one of our Doves in the virtual “Fly with the Doves Book Circle” on the DLPP website (coming soon) and in the event program.

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Notable Articles, Videos, and Events

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DLPP Recognized as a "Contest with Vision"

While many literary contests honor work for its innovative or formal qualities, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was one of five organizations recognized in the May/June 2017 issue of Poets & Writers magazine for sponsoring prizes for literature that engages with social and political issues, helping to promote a more just and equitable world. Read article excerpt.
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Bridge to Understanding - Tulane University

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Tulane University and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize presented "Bridge to Understanding - a Discussion on Systemic Racism in America." The event was held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center and was free and open to the public. The discussion featured DLPP co-founder Sharon Rab, prize recipients Margaret Wrinkle, Wilbert Rideau, and Gilbert King and it was moderated by Bernice McFadden of Tulane. See slideshow from the event.
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A Conversation with the 2016 Winners

On Sunday, November 20, 2016, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation hosted a conversation with the 2016 award winners, runners-up, and past award recipients at the Ponitz Center at Sinclair College. Wil Haygood, the master of ceremonies for the 2016 award ceremony moderated a panel discussion. See a video of the event here.
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2016 Authors' Reception

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation hosted a reception for the 2016 award winners, runners-up, and past award recipients at the River Campus of the University of Dayton. Gilbert King, the 2015 winner of the award for nonfiction moderated a panel discussion. See a video of the event here.
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