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The True Story Behind
the Movie: Just Mercy

60 Minutes

Click the image above to see the 60 Minutes report from 1992 on the case that is at the center of the movie: Just Mercy. And here are links to Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk: "We need to talk about injustice" (2012) and his acceptance speech as the winner of our 2015 award for nonfiction.

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    2019 Award Winners

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N. Scott Momaday
Ambassador Richard C.
Holbrooke Award Winner
for Lifetime Achievement

N. Scott Momaday

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Fiction Winner

Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
What We Owe
(Mariner Books)

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Nonfiction Winner

Eli Saslow
Rising Out of Hatred

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Fiction Runner-up

Richard Powers
The Overstory
(W. W. Norton & Company)

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Nonfiction Runner-up

Wil Haygood

2019 Finalist Judges

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Slideshow of the 2019 Awards Dinner

                                        Photos by Andy Snow ( ©2019.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony was held at 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center at One West Second Street in Dayton, Ohio. Gilbert King was the Master of Ceremonies.

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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Thoughts on War and Peace with David Wood

On September 12, 2019, there was a discussion with 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner David Wood and a panel of local veterans at Fairmont High School in Kettering, OH. David was the nonfiction winner for his book What Have We Done. The panel provided key insights to inform students during their study of war. See a video of the event.
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Community Conversations

The public is invited to join area scholars and community readers at the Dayton Metro Library in the fall of 2019 for wide ranging conversations about books written by authors honored by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Discussions addressed 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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Skype Interview with DLPP Honoree

The Tipp City Library hosted 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 were able to ask King questions during his interview. 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, described 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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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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