2013 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize Finalists


    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (HarperCollins)

    A hilarious and heartbreaking day in the life of an Iraq War hero whose squad appears in a Dallas Cowboys halftime show as part of an effort to rekindle support for the war.
    Ben Fountain
    The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead (Algonquin)

    A mesmerizing coming-of-age novel that moves from the steamy streets of New Orleans to one of the most physically challenging battles in the Korean War.
    Robert Olmstead
    The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore (Knopf)

    In 1938 Belfast, a young lace maker is whisked away from her dreary life to a glamorous Berlin household, only to find her fairy tale shattered by the realities of encroaching war.
    Susanna Moore
    The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Random House)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, and stolen moments of beauty and love.
    Adam Johnson, photo Tamar
    The Round House by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)

    A 13-year-old boy living on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota sets out with three friends on a quest for answers about an attack on his mother that has left her too traumatized to leave her bed.
    Louise Erdrich
    The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown and Company)

    Praised by Tom Wolfe as “the All Quiet on the Western Front of America’s Arab wars,” this bestselling debut novel by an Iraq War veteran recounts a bloody battle through the eyes of two young soldiers.
    Kevin Powers, photo Marjorie Cotera_Hires


    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (Random House)

    Global change and inequality are given a human face via the residents of a makeshift settlement in the shadow of Mumbai’s luxury hotels.
    Katherine Boo, photo Heleen Welvaar
    Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan (Graywolf Press)

    In this debut memoir, a Romanian girl’s bucolic life is upended when her father is arrested for political dissidence.
    Carmen Bugan, photo Alessandro Tricoli
    Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (HarperCollins)

    A richly detailed chronicle of four black Florida men who, falsely accused of rape in 1949, were defended by civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall -- later the first African-American Supreme Court justice.
    Gilbert King
    Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (Viking)

    Bred to be a slave and a snitch, Shin Dong-hyuk is the only known person born in a North Korean prison camp to escape and survive. This bestselling account inspired a UN investigation of such camps earlier this year.
    Blaine Harden, photo Blake Chambliss
    Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon (Scribner)

    In telling the stories of exceptional children affected by a spectrum of cognitive, physical or psychological differences, Solomon uncovers the intense prejudice they face and meets the parents who embrace their differences and try to alter the world’s understanding of their conditions.
    Andrew Solomon, photo Annie Leibovitz
    Pax Ethnica by Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac (Public Affairs Books)

    From Kerala, India to Queens, New York, the authors explore regions noted for low violence, rising life expectancy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights, revealing how diverse communities manage to live in peace.
    Karl Meyer
    Shareen Brysac

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