2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists announced

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize ceremony was held at the Schuster Center on Nov. 9, 2014. Louise Erdrich was the 2014 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. Bob Shacochis was the winner in the fiction category for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. Karima Bennoune won in nonfiction for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here. The prize debuted in 2006.
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The Dayton Literary Peace Prize ceremony was held at the Schuster Center on Nov. 9, 2014. Louise Erdrich was the 2014 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. Bob Shacochis was the winner in the fiction category for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. Karima Bennoune won in nonfiction for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here. The prize debuted in 2006.

Credit: Staff photo by Meredith Moss

Credit: Staff photo by Meredith Moss

Twelve authors have been named as finalists for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The award, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace.

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The criteria spans adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions and political points of view.

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This year’s nominees are:

- Barkskins by Annie Proulx 

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Proulx

Proulx
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Proulx

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

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Gyasi

Gyasi
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Gyasi

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

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Butler

Butler
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Butler

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies 

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Davies

Davies
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Davies

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

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Whitehead

Whitehead
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Whitehead

The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel 

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Engel
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Engel

City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence 

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Rawlence

Rawlence
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Rawlence

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 

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J.D. Vance returned to his hometown of Middletown on May 23 to offer his advice to the Middletown High School graduating class of 2017 during their commencement ceremony. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

J.D. Vance returned to his hometown of Middletown on May 23 to offer his advice to the Middletown High School graduating class of 2017 during their commencement ceremony. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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J.D. Vance returned to his hometown of Middletown on May 23 to offer his advice to the Middletown High School graduating class of 2017 during their commencement ceremony. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The Hundred-Year Walk by Dawn MacKeen 

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Yang

Yang
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Yang

The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

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Wood

Wood
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Wood

What Have We Done by David Wood

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Sanders

Sanders
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- While the City Slept by Eli Sanders

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A winner and runner-up in fiction and nonfiction will be announced on Oct. 3, with the winner receiving a $10,000 honorarium and the runner-up receiving $2,500.

The awards ceremony will take place Nov. 5 at the Schuster Center, begining at 5 p.m.

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