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2019 Call for Entries!

    2018 Award Winners

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John Irving
Ambassador Richard C.
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

John Irving

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Fiction Winner

Hala Alyan
Salt Houses

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Nonfiction Winner

Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power
(One World PRH)

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Fiction Runner-up

Min Jin Lee
(Grand Central)

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Michelle Kuo
Reading with Patrick
(Random House)

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Winners' Acceptance Speeches!

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2018 Finalist Judges

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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.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Wins
the 2019 Irma Lazarus Award
from the Ohio Governor and OAC

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The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Irma Lazarus Award from the Ohio Governor and the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). We are one of nine winners who received awards at the 2019 Arts Day & Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon and ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The event took place at noon at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. Click here to see the letters of recommendation and click here to learn more.

The Holbrooke Society

Introducing DLPP’s new annual giving society — The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Members of the society support the long-term sustainability of the DLPP. They also foster the growth of new initiatives and programs that spread peace internationally through the written word, such as new curricula in peace literature for high school and university students.

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Fly with the Doves Book Circle

Help spread peace through the written word by joining DLPP’s 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.

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 on our Dove Members page and in the event program.

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Notable Articles, Videos, and Events

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Skype Interview with DLPP Honoree

The Tipp City Library will host a Skype interview with Gilbert King at 7:30 pm on Monday, January 28. King's most recent book is Beneath a Ruthless Sun. In 2013 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize nonfiction runner-up for Devil in the Grove. Participants will be able to ask King questions during his interview. Learn more.
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Community Conversations

Join area scholars and community readers at the Dayton MetroLibrary this fall for wide ranging conversations about books written by authors honored by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Discussions will address the works’ impact and artistry, essential themes, and connections to the authors’ other work, and the power of the written word to promote peace. Learn more.
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Radio Interview with DLPP Prize Winner

Pulitzer-winning author Gilbert King, 2013 runner-up for the nonfiction award for his book, The Devil in the Grove, describes his latest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, in an interview with Vick Mickunas, host of WYSO's "Book Nook" program. Listen to the interview.
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Wil Haygood Receives Miami University President's Medal

DLPP 2016 Master of Ceremonies Wil Haygood received The Miami University President's Medal and as the keynote speaker at Convocation 2018 he provided a message of hope and respect to Miami University's Class of 2022. He asked the class to “exude civility” and to respect each other.
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