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Dear Readers,

Finally spring is with us and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize is warming up for its 13th year. We have exciting news and events for now and later to fill your calendar. Please join us on May 23rd to welcome Gilbert King and his new book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun. The 2013 finalists will not be announced for several months, but you have time to catch up with some of our former winners. Our website is a rich resource for finding those summer books you have been meaning to read—Colm Tóibín, Patricia Engel, and David Wood will be returning for this year’s gala, and Ben Rawlence will be coming to Dayton for the first time.

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Gilbert King at Books & Co.

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Please Join Us!

Gilbert King, the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nonfiction Runner-up for Devil in the Grove, will introduce his newest nonfiction book on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 pm at Books & Co. at The Greene, 4453 Walnut Street, Dayton. His new book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found, is a gripping true-crime tale that raises themes that haunt us still today: justice perverted by bigotry and the force of white privilege; wrongful incarceration; and the power of the free press.

For additional event information, please contact Sharon Kelly Roth at 937-429-6302.


The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

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In addition to continuing the current quality of events and ensuring the sustainability of the organization, the DLPP Foundation is dedicated to expanding educational programming and outreach, which will necessitate increased funding and staff. At the heart of the sustainability plan is the creation of The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, an annual giving society for individuals. Kati Marton, Ambassador Holbrooke’s widow, has given us her blessing in establishing this society.

The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
The Accords Circle of The Holbrooke Society
($5,000 - $9,999)

• $5,000 minimum annual contribution (not associated with a table purchase or a sponsorship)
• Invitation for two to the Saturday evening dinner
• Two tickets to the Sunday evening awards gala
• A set of the prize-winning books
• Invitation for two to a special reception/dinner associated with the Authors’ Series
• Recognition in the program
• Invitations for two to private receptions for additional DLPP events

The Laureate Circle of The Holbrooke Society

All of the benefits of The Holbrooke Society plus additional exclusive events with prize-winning authors and significant writers associated with the DLPP.

For more information about joining The Holbrooke Society please contact Mark Meister, Executive Director.


2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Updates

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The Dayton Literary Peace Prize received a record number of 106 submissions this year! Judges are currently working on the first round of evaluations to determine the finalists. As of this year, 224 publishing houses have nominated books for the DLPP.


Fly with the Doves

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Karima Bennoune at Author Series event with students

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Fly with the Doves Book Circle was formed to allow the DLPP to donate winning and nominated books to schools, universities, and libraries. With memberships beginning at $25.00, supporting members provide the funding to share these powerful works of literature both locally and around the world.

In 2018, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Fly with the Doves Book Circle will complete the collection of DLPP books for the National Library at Sarajevo and will help local high schools secure books for students participating in the DLPP Author Series in October.

To learn more about the Fly with the Doves Book Circle membership, please visit our website.


Save the Dates!

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Community Conversations: Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

This fall, join area scholars and community readers at the Dayton Metro Library for wide ranging conversations about books written by authors honored by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Engaging teachers from area universities will be joined by eminent Daytonians to talk about these works’ impact and artistry, essential themes, and connections to the authors’ other work, and the power of the written word to promote peace. If you’ve already read these authors, or are just thinking about doing so, these conversations will enrich your appreciation and understanding of these authors and their works.

Each conversation will take place at the Dayton Metro Main Library in The Eichelberger Forum, 1st Floor, Room 103, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. These conversations are free and open to the public.

August 30th What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars, by David Wood. Discussion leader/public intellectual: Dr. Jonathan Winkler, chair of the WSU Department of History and prominent military historian

September 13th Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Discussion leader/public intellectual: Ms. Furaha Henry-Jones, poet and professor of English at Sinclair Community College

October 11th Tigerland, by Wil Haygood. Discussion leader/public intellectual: Dr. Thomas Lasley, Chief Executive Officer, Learn to Earn Dayton and Professor, University of Dayton.

The 2018 Sunday Conversation with the Authors at Sinclair Community College will take place on October 28th. Make sure to mark your calendars!

To learn more about our authors and their books, click here.

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