2017 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize Finalists


    Barkskins by Annie Proulx Barkskins by Annie Proulx (Scribner)

    Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Annie Proulx’s most ambitious and epic work ever, a dazzling feat of imagination and research ten years in the writing—a violent, bloody, magnificently dramatic novel about the forming of the new world over 200 years ago.
    Annie Proulx, credit Gus Powell
    Annie Proulx
    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Alfred A. Knopf)

    A riveting, kaleidoscopic debut novel: a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America.
    Yaa Gyasi
    Yaa Gyasi
    Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (Grove Atlantic)

    In Perfume River, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler traces the legacy of the Vietnam War through the dramatic portrait of a single North Florida family struggling to confront the past. It is a profound and poignant book that echoes the American experience and the lives of so many affected by war.
    Robert Olen Butler, credit Kelly Lee Butler
    Robert Olen Butler
    The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

    Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.
    Peter Ho Davies, credit Dane Hillard Photography
    Peter Ho Davies
    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
    Colson Whitehead
    Colson Whitehead
    The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (Grove Press)

    From award-winning author, Patricia Engel, The Veins of the Ocean follows the riveting story of one young woman’s devotion to her brother on death row and the journey she takes toward a freer future. Set against along the vibrant coasts of Miami, Havana, and Cartagena, this novel explores the beauty of the natural world and the solace it brings to even the most fractured lives.
    Patricia Engel
    Patricia Engel


    City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence (Picador)

    In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, sketching the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped. Lucid, vivid, and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home.
    Ben Rawlence, credit Jonny Donovan
    Ben Rawlence
    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (Harper Collins)

    From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.
    J.D. Vance
    J.D. Vance
    The Hundred Year Walk by Dawn Mackeen The Hundred Year Walk by Dawn Mackeen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

    In The Hundred-Year Walk Dawn MacKeen alternates between her grandfather Stepan’s courageous account of surviving the Armenian genocide of 1915, drawn from his long-lost journals, and her own story as she attempts to retrace his steps, setting out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension. Their shared story is a testament to family, to home, and to the power of the human spirit to transcend the barriers of religion, ethnicity, and even time itself.
    Dawn Mackeen
    Dawn Mackeen
    The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang (Metropolitan Books)

    Written with the exquisite beauty for which Kao Kalia Yang is renowned, The Song Poet recounts the life of her father Bee Yang, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American's Secret War. Above all, it is a love story -- of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.
    Kao Kalia Yang, credit Shee Yang
    Kao Kalia Yang
    What Have We Done by David Wood What Have We Done by David Wood (Litte Brown and Company)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood offers a groundbreaking examination of a pervasive yet poorly-understood experience among our soldiers: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict.
    David Wood
    David Wood
    While the City Slept by Eli Sanders While the City Slept by Eli Sanders (Viking)

    A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s gripping account of one young man’s path to murder—and a wake-up call for mental health care in America.
    Eli Sanders, credit Kelly O
    Eli Sanders

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