Dayton honors the best authors promoting peace

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An award in Dayton is an example of the pen being mightier than the sword.

“Dayton has embraced this award,” said Sharon Rab, Chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. “It’s an amazing thing.”

On a table at the Schuster Center sits a stack of books. The words between the covers are written as a way to bring change the world.

The idea for the award ceremony came out of the 1995 peace agreement to end war in Bosnia. The agreement took place at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and has been commonly referred to as the “Dayton Agreement.”

Since 2006, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize has commemorated efforts to continue the work of peace efforts around the world by using words.

“We hope that this award puts Dayton on the literary map,” said Rab. “In fact, we know it has. We are totally an international event. We love having all of these wonderful people in Dayton.”

The winners at this year’s ceremony includes Louise Erdrich who won 2014 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner.

Bob Shacochis won for “Fiction” for the book The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.

The other winner for the event was Karima Bennoune for a “Nonfiction” book titledYour Fatwa Does Not Apply Here.

Runner-ups for both “Fiction” and “Nonfiction” include, respectively, Margaret Wrinkle for Wash, and Jo Roberts for Contested Land, Contested Memory.

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