Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Fly with the Doves Annual Book Circle Membership

You can help advance peace through the written word — the driving mission of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize — when you join DLPP’s
Fly with the Doves Book Circle Annual Membership Program.

DLPP currently shares a limited number of winning and nominated books with local schools and universities so educators can incorporate them into their curricula with students, as well as into their libraries — but we can only do so much without funding. DLPP wants this program to soar locally, nationally, and internationally, and when you join, you can help us reach more people with these powerful works of literature. The first recipient of books funded by your membership contribution was the National Library at Sarajevo’s City Hall in Bosnia. This library, fire-bombed during the Bosnian War, when almost two million books including many rare volumes were destroyed, was restored to its original glory in 2014. We provided a complete set of DLPP awarding-winning books (2006-2019) to Bosnia as our gift to them. The Sarajevo Library project is an on-going project: we will continue to donate books each year that will become a part of the American Corner of the library. Each year, we donate books to high schools participating in our Author Series program in the fall. We have donated class sets of Wil Haygood’s Tigerland and David Wood’s What Have We Done to schools throughout the Miami Valley. For every $25 dollars you contribute when you join each year, a book will be donated. Plus, as a member, your name will be listed as one of our Doves in the virtual “Fly with the Doves Book Circle” on the DLPP website and in the event program.

Like the Prize itself, this program acknowledges that every voice matters and encourages every person to participate. Your continuing support will ensure that the Dayton Literary Peace Prize continues to advance words of peace in the years ahead.

Please join today with either an annual or continuing donation at DaytonLiteraryPeacePrize.org/dovemembership.

All memberships may be tax deductible.

Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph delivering books to Sarajevo Library.

See Our Current Dove Members

Please click this button to see the current members of our Fly with the Doves Book Circle!

We appreciate your support — it will ensure that the Dayton Literary Peace Prize continues to spread words of peace in the years ahead.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact our program administrator via email.

Thank you!

Holbrooke Society

An Annual Giving Society

The purpose of The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the DLPP and to foster growth of new initiatives and programs that spread peace internationally through the written word. This involves the financial support of individuals most committed to being advocates of the mission of the DLPP. Members making an annual gift of $5,000 and above will receive a number of exclusive benefits offered only to our most generous supporters.

Since the DLPP’s inception as the only international literary peace prize in the United States 13 years ago, we have had award winning books set in 53 different countries, 65 award-winning authors representing 19 countries around the globe, more than 23,000 students actively engaged with the prize and 16 Ohio colleges and universities offering programming associated with DLPP. As an organization and community, we have accomplished much and know with the introduction of The Holbrooke Society that the DLPP will extend its reach and secure its future.

The Accords Circle
$5,000 – $9,999 Level of Giving

  • Invitation to the DLPP Saturday Evening Dinner with the Authors
  • Two tickets to the authors panel discussion at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place
  • Two tickets to the annual DLPP Awards Gala
  • A set of prize-winning books
  • Invitation to a special reception/dinner associated with the annual Authors’ Series
  • Recognition in the annual Gala Commemorative Program
  • Invitation to private receptions for additional DLPP events throughout the year

The Laureate Circle
$10,000 and Above Level of Giving

  • All of the benefts of above plus additional exclusive events with prize-winning authors and signifcant writers associated with the DLPP throughout the year.

 

Donation Instructions

If you would like to join the Holbrooke Society, please click the button below to pay via PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay with any major credit card.)

(If you would like to make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone else
or if you would like to remain anonymous in any recognition announcements, please type
your request in the area labeled “Comments to the Foundation” on the PayPal page.)

To pay by check, make your check payable to the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation and mail it to:

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
P.O. Box 461
Wright Brothers Branch
Dayton, Ohio 45409-0461

If you have any questions, please click here to send us an email message.

Thank you!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Commemorative Keepsake Awards
Program Book Sponsor — $15,000

Our annual awards program book is a tribute to the mission of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, our award-winning authors, and our sustaining sponsors and patrons. This beautifully designed, four-color program book is a commemorative keepsake from the gala and reflects the quality, integrity and the power of the written word to promote peace.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Signage at the gala event
  • Promotion on the DLPP website
  • 4 tickets to the always sold-out awards ceremony
  • 4 tickets to the Saturday night Authors’ Reception at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place
  • Sit with a winning author at the awards ceremony and have your picture taken by award-winning art photographer Andy Snow 
  • Recognition as the Commemorative Keepsake Program Sponsor and one ½ page color ad in the program
  • Promotion through Facebook upon agreement, to share within your community
  • A co-developed news release announcing the relationship and its importance, to distribute to both regional and national press

Exclusive DLPP Awards
Ceremony Reception Sponsor — $10,000

You are the exclusive sponsor of DLPP’s 1½-hour awards ceremony reception that takes place in the beautiful Wintergarden at the Schuster Center. During this reception, winning and presenting authors and our 400 guests mingle, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks while listening to the local musical duo Puzzle of Light. It’s a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with some of the greatest writers in the world, and guests truly value this unique experience.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Prominent signage throughout the Wintergarden during the reception plus an exclusive sponsor logo GOBO 
  • Promotion on the DLPP website
  • 2 tickets to the always sold-out awards ceremony
  • 4 tickets to the Saturday night Authors’ Reception at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place
  • Recognition as a sponsor and a ½ page color ad in the DLPP keepsake-quality event program 
  • Promotion through Facebook upon agreement, to share with your stakeholders
  • A co-developed news release announcing the relationship and its importance
  • Right of first refusal for sponsorship in 2020
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The Hans and Sherry Tschudin
Student Table Sponsor Challenge — $5,000

Since the first DLPP gala, Hans and Sherry Tschudin have been patrons at the $5,000 level. Having shared the DLPP gala experience with friends for two years, they began a wonderful tradition of filling that table with students from Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and from the University of Dayton. The Tschudins worked with the faculties of DECA and UD to find students who would be inspired by the words and thoughts of the top writers in the world. Last year, Hans suggested that DLPP use their student sponsorship as a model that others might follow, so to honor Hans and Sherry and their dedication to students and to education, DLPP is offering the challenge to create an additional student table sponsorship. The sponsor will choose students from a high school and/or university of their choice.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Signage at the Saturday Authors’ Reception and the Sunday Gala at the Schuster
  • Promotion on the DLPP website
  • A table of ten for the always sold-out awards ceremony for the sponsors and their student guests
  • Ten tickets to the Saturday Authors’ Reception at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place for the sponsors and their student guests
  • Photographs of the group by award-winning art photographer Andy Snow
  • Inclusion in a page in the DLPP keepsake-quality event program

Conversation with the Authors Education Sponsor — $2,000

You are the exclusive sponsor for this popular public panel discussion at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center, which will be held Sunday, November 3, 2019. During this 1½-hour interactive discussion, authors talk about their reflections on peace and writing, and take questions from our audience of 335 attendees of which a significant percentage are students from local schools and universities. This is followed by a 30-minute book signing. Your sponsorship helps support this public outreach and education program with the authors by underwriting 25% of the ticket price to make it more affordable – a $15 ticket instead of $20 for every attendee.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Prominent signage at the Sunday panel event, including a pre-event PowerPoint sign at the front of the auditorium
  • Live thanks from the podium for your support by Sharon Rab, DLPP founder and chair
  • DLPP website visibility and acknowledgement when each ticket is purchased that you are underwriting the event
  • 5 tickets to attend the Sunday morning event
  • Sponsor recognition and a ¼ page color ad in the DLPP keepsake-quality event program
  • Promotion through Facebook upon agreement, to be shared with your stakeholders
  • A co-developed news release announcing the relationship and its importance
  • Right of first refusal for sponsorship in 2020
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Sponsor Author Travel and Housing — $1,500

Our winning authors come to Dayton from around the U.S. and from countries around the world. In recent years, some publishing houses have been unable to support the travel of their winning authors to attend the awards weekend. In response, we are offering an Author Travel and Housing Sponsorship opportunity to support the airfare and hotel expenses associated with the awards weekend in Dayton. Several sponsorships are available at $1,500. In addition to recognition in the program, on the DLPP website, and on event signage, if you hold Patron-level tickets to the awards gala, an author will be seated at your table.

Events

A New Initiative from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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More than a book club, Turn the Page becomes an agent for change, an evolution in thought brought about by a conversation with authors who have their fingers on the pulse of history, so therefore insight in the human heart. Each segment will bring two of our winning authors together to discuss a subject their works have in common. Gilbert King, a DLPP Honorary Advisory Board member, the 2013 DLPP Runner-up for The Devil in the Grove and the Pulitzer Prize winner for the same title, will moderate the sessions.

Register below to attend the fourth Turn the Page event, Human Rights-Human Wrongs: Writing about Immigration with Patricia Engel & Edwidge Danticat.

A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants from Zoom ([email protected]) on May 19, 2021.

The next Turn the Page event scheduled for May 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST will feature a discussion between Patricia Engel, the 2017 Fiction Winner for The Veins of the Ocean, and Edwidge Danticat, the 2008 Nonfiction Winner for Brother, I’m Dying. Both authors have written about the overwhelming obstacles faced by those forced by war and danger to immigrate and the pain of leaving one’s home country to be redefined in another as a refugee.

About The Veins of the Ocean:

All too often, the immigrant’s journey is portrayed as a simple move from old to new, from dark to light, from imprisonment to liberation—a crossing of borders. In Engel’s perceptive portrayal, the journey forward involves immersion in the old world and the natural world; and psychic progress involves as much knitting as shedding. It involves partnership; it is not a journey accomplished alone. And, of course, it involves courage and serendipity. The Veins of the Ocean is a wise exploration, not of immigration as a political issue, but of immigration as a species of human change. It declines to flatten and simplify; it declines to sensationalize. Instead, it tells the story of one young woman groping her way, not toward Freedom with a capital F, but toward a private freedom that, even in the land of the free, cannot be granted, only earned.

—Gish Jen, DLPP 2017 Fiction Judge

About Brother, I’m Dying:

This book, despite its evocation of a childhood marked by exile and violence, is finally a love story. The pink house in Haiti is alive with brave and intimately connected characters, and children who learn both sides of the emotional costs of diaspora. We see the exquisitely revealed and restrained emotional pain of the exile in Danticat’s parents, and the tremendous faith and loyalty to community embodied in Danticat’s Uncle Joseph, who, in the midst of terrible political strife, builds a church in Bel Air and becomes a preacher. Danticat’s tribute to family, especially to her father as he dies, and to her Uncle Joseph, who along with his wife raises her for the years when her parents are in the United States, is a profound testament to the durable power of grace and love in family relationships. Suffering in Danticat gives rise not to bitterness, but to a profound appreciation for the remarkable people who nurtured her against the odds. The book is also an indictment of the abuse of power in Haiti, and in North America.

—Jane McCafferty, DLPP 2008 Nonfiction Judge

The child of Columbian parents, Patricia writes with poetic elegance of the loss, confusion, and shame often felt by the next generation as they struggle to find their place in a new home where their inherited customs and language are not viewed as legitimate. Edwidge immigrated from Haiti to the U.S. when she was twelve and tells the heart-breaking story of the uncle who raised her as a “second father” dying in his attempt to join his family in New York.

We are featuring The Veins of the Ocean and Brother, I’m Dying on our Bookshop site and if you want to explore stories of immigration and the diasporas of Columbia and Haiti in the U.S. we suggest other works by these fine authors there as well.

Find these books here.

By Patricia Engel:

Infinite Country:

New York Times Bestseller
Washington Post Bestseller
• Reese’s Book Club pick
Esquire Book Club pick
• Indie Next Pick
• An Amazon Best Book of the Month
• Book of the Month Club Selection
 
“An exceptionally powerful and illuminating story about a Colombian family torn apart by war and migration.”
—Reese Witherspoon
 
Infinite Country crystallizes the questions we are asking today about migration, family, and our vision of the future. It is a powerful, poignant reminder of the sacrifices women must make for the sake of safety and hope. Engel has written a memorable and brutally honest response to the simplistic notion of what constitutes the American Dream.”
—Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, 2011 DLPP Runner-up for Beneath the Lion’s Gaze
 
It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris.
 
“Wise and accomplished . . . Beautifully written and executed . . . There are at least two ways to judge a novel: by how fast you turn the pages or by how many times you have to stop to underline a passage. My copy of “It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris” is all marked up. Engel, whose first book was the acclaimed story collection, “Vida,” has uncanny insight into the human condition. Through Lita, she speaks a profound language of young love and desire. Engel’s considerable gifts are on display here.”
— The New York Times Book Review
 
“’We’ll always have Paris,’ lovers of this glorious city have been saying this to each other ever since Humphrey Bogart uttered those words in Casablanca. We rediscover a modern and eclectic Paris in Patricia Engel’s astonishing first novel, a story as grand and dazzling as its setting, yet as intimate and powerful as a love story that just won’t quit.”
—Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light and Brother, I’m Dying
 

By Edwidge Danticat:


Everything Inside: Stories.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Story Prize and the 2020 Vilcek Prize in Literature.

“From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Brother, I’m Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love. Set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, this is the indelible work of a keen observer of the human heart–a master at her best.”

Breath, Eyes, Memory.

“At an astonishingly young age, Edwidge Danticat has become one of our most celebrated new novelists, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti—and the enduring strength of Haiti’s women—with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people’s suffering and courage.”

Previous Events

The fourth Turn the Page event featured a conversation between Patricia Engel, the 2017 Fiction Winner for The Veins of the Ocean, and Edwidge Danticat, the 2008 Nonfiction Winner for Brother, I’m Dying.

The third Turn the Page event featured a conversation between N. Scott Momaday, the 2019 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished  Achievement Award Winner and Louise Erdrich, the 2014 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished  Achievement Award Winner.

The second Turn the Page event featured a conversation between Richard Bausch, the 2009 Fiction Winner for Peace and Andrew Krivak, the 2012 Fiction Winner for The Sojourn.

The first Turn the Page event featured a conversation between Min Jin Lee, the 2018 Fiction Runner-up for Pachinko and Viet Thanh Nguyen, the 2016 Fiction Winner for The Sympathizer.

Virtual Book Club

Instituted because we wanted a way to connect with our readers during COVID-19, the book club has become so successful that it will remain a feature of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize even after we can gather safely in person.  It has allowed readers from throughout the area and in other states to join in a conversation about books that advance peace. 

Ron Rollins, recently retired as the Issues and Voices Editor of The Dayton Daily News, has been gracious in accepting the roll of host and discussion moderator for the club.  Since May 2020, we have read books by winners, the Holbrooke winners and finalists, an array of choices that gives us numerous options.  We began with Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks; then a new novel by Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman; followed by DLPP Finalist Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing; and then Wash, by Fiction Runner-up Margaret Wrinkle.

Please join us for lively discussion and camaraderie.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the book club, contact our Program Manager, Emily Kretzer, emily.kr[email protected]

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July 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club. We will be reading Jennifer Eberhardt’s Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, the 2020 DLPP Nonfiction Runner-up and a book that should be a universal read.  Bryan Stevenson, DLPP’s 2015 Nonfiction Winner for Just Mercy calls it “Groundbreaking,” and we hope it will lead to bias breaking.  Ms. Eberhardt will be with us in November for the awards ceremony.

A little about the book from the publisher:

From one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias comes stories, science, and strategies to address one of the central controversies of our time.

How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play? With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society—in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving.

“The hope for progress is greatly increased by Jennifer Eberhardt’s groundbreaking new book on implicit bias. Biased presents the science of bias with rare insight and accessibility, but it is also a work with the power and craft to make us see why overcoming racial bias is so critical.”
—Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy, DLPP 2015 Nonfiction Winner

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June 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club. We will be reading Jennifer Eberhardt’s Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, the 2020 DLPP Nonfiction Runner-up and a book that should be a universal read.  Bryan Stevenson, DLPP’s 2015 Nonfiction Winner for Just Mercy calls it “Groundbreaking,” and we hope it will lead to bias breaking.  Ms. Eberhardt will be with us in November for the awards ceremony.

A little about the book from the publisher:

From one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias comes stories, science, and strategies to address one of the central controversies of our time.

How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play? With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society—in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving.

“The hope for progress is greatly increased by Jennifer Eberhardt’s groundbreaking new book on implicit bias. Biased presents the science of bias with rare insight and accessibility, but it is also a work with the power and craft to make us see why overcoming racial bias is so critical.”
—Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy, DLPP 2015 Nonfiction Winner

Additional reviews:

“A fascinating new book… [Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is] a genius.”
—Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

“Groundbreaking.”
Bryan Stevenson, New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy

“Powerful…useful for those new to the topic as well as those well-versed in the topic. Eberhardt abandons the jargon-speak of academic research and speaks to the reader’s head, heart, and soul [and] will make you think about the news, your neighborhood, your work place and yourself with fresh eyes.”
—Forbes

“An immensely informative and insightful analysis of race-based stereotypes. [Eberhardt] also offers practical suggestions for managing mechanisms of prejudice that ‘are rooted in the structures of our brains.’”
—Psychology Today

“Explores the reasons for bias of all kinds — racial, religious, gender and more — and lays out research-based strategies that can short-circuit our initial prejudices.”
—New York Post

“[A] timely, exhaustive investigation of how bias infiltrates every sector of public and private life… Eberhardt offers tips for reforming business practices, police departments, and day-to-day interactions in pursuit of a fairer world for everyone.”
Esquire.com

About the Author:

Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was named one of Foreign Policy‘s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She is co-founder and co-director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford Center that brings together researchers and practitioners to address significant social problems.

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April 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club. We will be reading the 2020 Fiction Runner-up, The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri who will be in Dayton in November for the celebration of the 2020 winners. The discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 EST. Ron Rollins, former editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News will be moderating the discussion. 

Based upon her personal experience of working in Greece at a refugee camp for women and children displaced by war, Christy Lefteri puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable.

As reviewed in Time , “[Christy] Lefteri sensitively charts what it’s like when war comes home, alert to the subtle effects of trauma and grief. Nuri and Afra are not broadly sketched as victims, but rather suffer in different and complex ways from PTSD. . . By creating characters with such rich, complex inner lives, Lefteri shows that in order to stretch compassion to millions of people, it helps to begin with one.”Time 

To learn more about this beautiful book, read the review in The Irish Times by Sorcha Pollak entitled The Beekeeper of Aleppo:  Fictionalising the Refugee Crisis from Personal Experience.

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March 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club. We will be reading Chanel Miller’s Know My Name: A Memoir and the discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 EST.  Ron Rollins, former editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News will be moderating the discussion.

Know My Name is the DLPP 2020 Nonfiction Winner and will be celebrated this coming fall.  The book has a strong Dayton connection and has received rave reviews from our first readers and final judges and critics and readers everywhere.

“Universally acclaimed, rapturously reviewed, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and an instant New York Times bestseller, Chanel Miller’s breathtaking memoir ‘gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emily Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter.’”
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To learn more about this beautiful book, read the review in The New York Times Review of Books: ‘Know My Name,’ a Sexual Assault Survivor Tells the World

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February 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club. We will be reading Andrew Krivak’s The Signal Flame and the discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 EST.  Ron Rollins, former editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News will be moderating the discussion.

The Signal Flame is the second book in Krivak’s trilogy; his most recent work The Bear being the third.  The first book The Sojourn was the 2012 Fiction Winner for the DLPP.  Andrew discusses the first book of the trilogy on our Turn the Page event The Legacy of War that features Andrew and Richard Bausch, author of the 2009 DLPP Fiction winner Peace.  Watch the video here.

Other former DLPP winners respond to The Signal Flame:

“This is a novel of tremendous sorrow and tremendous beauty. Of love shaped by war, and of how the past haunts the present, and shapes the future. An incandescent work.”
—Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women, the 2011 DLPP Fiction Winner 

“The language in this beautiful book is as textured and rich—as quiet and grand and unforgettable—as its setting: a small Pennsylvania town tucked in the mountains. It isn’t often that a story finds me making comparisons to literary greats from the first page. This is one of those books. In the end, what Krivák does is something all his own, and it is a triumph.” 
Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze  2011 DLPP Fiction Runner-up

There are many pleasures to be found in The Signal Flame: The intimacy and love with which Krivak writes about his postage stamp of rural Pennsylvania. His keen sense of time and place, the woods and forests and hills of the Endless Mountains. Page by page the book itself feels like an outgrowth of the soil in in which it is steeped. 
—Brad Kessler, author of Birds in Fall 2007 DLPP Fiction Winner

To learn more about this beautiful book, read the review in the New York Times Review of Books: For Two Small-Town Families, War is the Tie That Binds

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January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:00 EST. Ron Rollins, retired editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News, is the host. January’s  featured book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the DLPP Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

Lila is the third book of the Gilead Series.  (Robinson’s recently released Jack, is the fourth.)  For those who have read Gilead, and Home, Lila would be a familiar character, as she is the wife of Rev. Ames, the central character of the series.   Lila, however, tells her story, and it is an amazing one of an abandoned little girl who grows into a wise and lovely woman.

Diane Johnson of The New York Times explains, “Central to all the novel’s characters are matters of high literary seriousness — the basic considerations of the human condition; the moral problems of existence; the ache of being abandoned; the struggles of the aging; the role of the Bible and God in daily life.”  It is a novel of struggle and hope and a fitting read for the beginning of 2021. 

The following review from The New Yorker will give you a sense of the power of this novel: Lonesome Road, Marilynne Robinson returns to Gilead in her new novel. By Joan Acocella

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Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club on Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00 EST. Ron Rollins, recently retired editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News, is the host. December’s featured book is The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman, the 2020 recipient of the DLPP Fiction Award. Alice will be in Dayton for the gala weekend in June celebrating this year’s winners.

“Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman’s exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us—it is a glorious experience. The book builds and builds, as she weaves together, seamlessly, the stories of people in the most desperate of circumstances—and then it delivers with a tremendous punch. It opens up the world, the universe, in a way that it absolutely unique. By the end you may be weeping.”—ELIZABETH STROUT, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

The following review will give you a sense of the power of this novel: Alice Hoffman Brings Magical Realism to the Holocaust Novel.

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Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:00 EST. Ron Rollins, recently retired editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News, is the host. November’s featured book is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, one of the 2020 Finalists for the DLPP Fiction Award.

Mr. Colson has written seven books of fiction and two books of nonfiction over a 20-year career. He became only the second writer of color and sixth writer ever to win both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for the same novel, The Undergound Railroad.

The Nickel Boys, based on the notorious institution built in 1900 and originally known as the Florida State Reform School, follows two Black boys who suffer the beatings and abuses that had become the subject of damning reports for decades up until it closed in 2011, then known as the Dozier School for Boys. For more background, please read the Frank Rich review in the New York Times, In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Depicts a Real-Life House of Horrors.

 

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Please join us for the next Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00 EST. Ron Rollins, recently retired editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News, is the host. October’s featured book is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the 2020 recipient of the DLPP Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic now in its 4th season as a television series on Hulu. Atwood insists that The Handmaid’s Tale is not science fiction, but it tells the story of Offred in the new regime in an oppressive parallel America of the future. This article in the New York Times is an interview with Atwood on whether her dystopian classic is meant as a “feminist” novel, as antireligion or as a prediction.

 

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In the thousands of Google alerts about our authors, no one is referenced more than Wendell Berry. The variety of sources that quote him reflects the expanse of his talent as he is revered by environmentalists, ministers, sociologists, farmers, poets, novelists, essayists, political activists, and his neighbors. His work embodies the vast expanses of human experience with a simplicity that is elegant and profound. If you have not picked up a book by Wendell Berry, this is a perfect time to get to know him, and Jaber Crow is the perfect book.

 Here is a brief recommendation from Jason Craig of the National Catholic Register

Jayber Crow follows Jayber (not his real name), an essentially orphaned boy, as he moves from belonging to disorientation, from the pseudo-freedom a young man thinks he wants to re-finding home, place and people. We can think of Jayber as a sort of priest, since he eventually makes an offering of himself for love that even results in a voluntary celibacy. He cleans the local church and even digs the graves for the dead. His main work of barbering, as one of his customers puts it, is not really a “line of work” but more of a position held, a vocation. In a time when belonging and place are things we simply don’t possess, and work is a means of paying bills but void of meaning, Jayber Crow is a potent read. In a time of social distancing, this novel will remind us how important the people near us really are.

 

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Margaret Wrinkles debut novel Wash was the 2014 DLPP Fiction Runner-Up, and over the last six years, Margaret has generously returned to Dayton numerous times to share her insights into our past and her writing process that makes Wash an unforgettable story. Margaret takes us from Tennessee to West Africa and brings us back again as she explores the soul of the South.

“The voices of the past can’t speak for themselves and must rely on the artists of the future to honor them. It’s a profound responsibility and one that Margaret Wrinkle meets in her brilliant novel Wash. She shows not only the courage to submerge herself in the Stygian world of plantation slavery but also the grace and sensitivity to bring that world to life . . . Narrative roles are given to Wash, fellow slaves and his succession of masters, creating a dense, hypnotic ensemble of voices. It’s from patriarchs like Wash, Ms. Wrinkle shows, that the U.S. was born.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

The members of the DLPP book club chose Wash so we can continue to explore the basis for the call for justice we continue to hear today. Please join us for a rich discussion of our past and our present.

Ron Rollins, recently retired Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion.

 

Jesmyn Ward, a three-time finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, won the National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing. Her work can educate us about the racial issues facing America today. Please join us in July to discuss this important book.

“The heart of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is story—the yearning for a narrative to help us understand ourselves, the pain of the gaps we’ll never fill, the truths that are failed by words and must be translated through ritual and song…Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love, and this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it.” —Buzzfeed

Ron Rollins, recently retired Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion.

 

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Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman

New York Times Bestseller

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

Ron Rollins, newly retired Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion. Congratulations, Ron!

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Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders

“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion.” – The Washington Post

An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Ron Rollins, Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion of The Year of Wonders.

Panel Discussion of "Rising Out of Hatred" at Clark County Public Library, July 28, 2020​

On July 28, 2020, One Book, Many Communities organized a panel discussion on Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow. This book was the nonfiction winner of 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The event was held at the Clark County Public Library in Springfield, Ohio. The panelists (see photo below) included:

  • Faheem Curtis-Khidr, History Professor, Sinclair Community College
  • Marc DeWitt, Coordinator, African American Male Initiative, Sinclair Community College
  • Furaha Henry-Jones, English Professor, Sinclair Community College
  • Lynette Jones, Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University
  • Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education, University of Dayton

The moderator was Vick Mickunas, the host of WYSO’s Book Nook weekly radio program.

Project Partners included: One Book, Many Communities, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, WYSO, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Participating libraries include: Arcanum Public Library, Bradford Public Library, Brown Memorial Public Library, Cardington-Lincoln Public Library, Champaign County Library, Clark County Public Library, J. R. Clark Public Library, Edison State Community College, Greenville Public Library, Marvin Memorial Library, Milton-Union Public Library, New Carlisle Public Library, New Madison Public Library, Piqua Public Library, Selover Public Library, St. Paris Public Library, Tipp City Public Library, Tri-County North School District, Troy-Miami County Public Library, Worch Memorial Public Library and Wornstaff Memorial Public Library.

Selected response to the last question:
"Are any of you feeling hopeful?"

“At the end of the day, I do this because I know I can make a difference. And it’s the people I come in contact with who want to make a difference with me and and we do that work together. That for me [is] the hope because I see it – I see the glimmers in my children’s eyes as they think about what they are capable of, what what they want to accomplish, what we’ve instilled in them, what my parents instilled in me and my brother and my sister, and we see it in our children. … For me it’s the hope and and knowing that … I may not see it in my lifetime, but I’d like to think for my children and my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren, the work that we are doing and and the shoulders that we stand on … we can accomplish what we accomplish because of the people who came before us and they had hope.”

Tiffany Taylor Smith
University of Dayton

Back row from left to right:

Tiffany Taylor Smith: Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education, University of Dayton
Vick Mickunas: Host – Book Nook, WYSO
Bill Martino: Library Director, Clark County Public Library
Marc DeWitt: Coordinator, African American
Male Initiative, Sinclair Community College

Front row from left to right:

Drew Wichterman: Adult Services Librarian, Tipp City Public Library
Faheem Curtis-Khidr: History Professor, Sinclair Community College
Lynette Jones: Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University
Furaha Henry-Jones: English Professor, Sinclair Community College

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