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Announces 2016 Award Finalists!

Marilynne Robinson
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

Marilynne Robinson

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2016 Awards Ceremony

5:00 pm, November 20th, 2016
Benjamin and Marian Schuster
Performing Arts Center
One West Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402

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The 2016 Finalists

Hanya Yanagihara credit Sam Levy James Hannaham credit Ian Douglas Elliot Ackerman credit Peter van Agtmael Aline Ohanestan
Viet Thanh Nguyen credit BeBe Jacobs Matt Gallagher Ta-Nehisi Coates credit Nina Subin Susan Southard credit Gina Santi
Wil Haygood Wab Kinew credit Graham Constant Jan Jarboe Russell credit Trish Simonite
Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 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.”

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Wendell Berry Honored by NBCC

The National Book Critics Circle has announced that Wendell Berry is the winner of their Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Berry was our 2013 winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Award for lifetime achievement. Click here for more information.
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Sharon Rab Honored by WSU

We are pleased to share the news that Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Wright State University during fall commencement at the Wright State Nutter Center on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Click here for more information.
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Karima Bennoune Honored by UN

We are pleased to share the news that the United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed Karima Bennoune, winner of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, as Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. Click here for more information.
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