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2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Honors Year’s Best Literature On Peace And Social Justice

From left to right, the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners: Margaret Wrinkle, Bob Shacochis, Louise Erdrich, Karima Bennoune, and Jo Roberts pose with their prizes before the awards ceremony. On a recent sunny Sunday morning, four celebrated American writers rose early to meet for breakfast and chew over the merits of Kentucky Fried Chicken. “I worked as a Kentucky Fried Chicken hostess,” said novelist Louise Erdrich, who won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for A Plague of Doves.  “And I’ll just say it: the secret ingredient is sugar.” Marlon James, whose ambitious new book about Jamaica, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is already anointed one of the best of 2014, insisted that KFC tastes better when eaten outside the United States.   “It is a joy to be back in... Read More →

“Your Words Have Changed My Life”: Dayton Literary Peace Prize Ceremony Salutes Literary Heavyweights

Pictured, from left to right: Andrew Krivak, Andrew Solomon, Wendell Berry, Tim O’Brien, Maaza Mengiste, Gilbert King, Adam JohnsonPhoto credit: Andy Snow The potency of literature went on vivid display in early November when readers gathered around the writers who won this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prizes. They started with an intense and intimate two-hour session at Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton. “I need to give a shout-out to Wendell Berry, whose ‘The Gift of Good Land’ was one of the most important books of my life,” boomed Sinclair President Steven Lee Johnson, turning to the celebrated Kentucky author in praise of the 1981 essay collection, one of Berry’s 50 titles. A bit later, a woman in a pink sweater rose, lifted her chin to Berry and fiercely... Read More →

Author Wendell Berry Wins Peace Prize

"In a time that spends so many words and dollars upon conflict, it is encouraging to be noticed for having said a few words in favor of peace." ~Wendell Berry  The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced that Wendell Berry is the 2013 recipient of the Richard Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Dayton peace accords. A novelist, essayist, poet, farmer, and activist, Berry has spent his literary career exploring issues ranging from sustainable agriculture to national security. He was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and protested the nation's post-9/11 international strategy. Among his many honors, Berry received the National Humanities Medal in 2011 from President Barack Obama, and in 2012 was named the 2012 Jefferson Lecturer,... Read More →
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