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    2015 Award Winners

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Gloria Steinem
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

Gloria Steinem

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Fiction Winner

Josh Weil
The Great Glass Sea
(Grove Atlantic)

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Nonfiction Winner

Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy
(Spiegel and Grau)

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Fiction Runner-up

Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Jeff Hobbs
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

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Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016

Elie Wiesel, 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Elie Wiesel was the second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He honored us with his presence and his words. This man who had been the moral advisor to presidents and kings chose to spend the time before the ceremony with the students who had gathered to meet him — asking about their lives, signing their books, smiling with them over their shyness and awe.

Mr. Wiesel taught us much about the consequences of war and our duty to work for peace. He strove to serve as the memory of those who perished in the war and no one who has heard him speak or who has read his words will forget that which must never be forgotten.

We invite you to watch his inspiring 2007 acceptance speech for our Lifetime Achievement Award at Dayton's Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center and see our page describing his award.

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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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