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Announces 2017 Award Finalists!

Colm Tóibín
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

Colm Tóibín

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A Conversation with the 2017
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Registration: 9:00 am / Program: 10:00 am
Ponitz Center — Bldg 12 (North End Auditorium)
Sinclair College
West 4th Street, Dayton, OH 45402

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The 2017 Finalists

Annie Proulx, credit Gus Powell Yaa Gyasi Robert Olen Butler, credit Kelly Lee Butler Peter Ho Davies, credit Dane Hillard Photography
Colson Whitehead Patricia Engel Ben Rawlence, credit Jonny Donovan J.D. Vance
Dawn Mackeen Ko Klia Yang, credit Shee Yang David Wood Eli Sanders, credit Kelly O

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

"This year's finalists show us people navigating their way through a complex range of differences, whether it be nationality, race, class, or gender," said Sharon Rab, co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. "Through these narratives, we discover either valuable tools for reconciling differences – or the dire consequences for all involved of choosing to remain in conflict.”

==> Learn more about their books.
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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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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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