2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Print

Jacket covers of the two award winning books

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The prize celebrates books that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view.  This year's winners are The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (fiction) and Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon (nonfiction).  Runners-up were Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain for fiction and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King for nonfiction.  In addition, Wendell Berry was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing his works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry that explore “how humans can live more harmoniously with both the land and each other.”  Interested?  Check out the 2013 titles in the library catalog (linked above), last year's blog entry, the 2013 finalists list, and past award winners.