Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

As a continuation of my last blog, I wanted to introduce this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists. The list is impressive. If I could carve out the time, I would treat myself by reading my way down the list so I could celebrate with the award recipient on November 3rd. Did I mention Nick Clooney is the Master of Ceremonies?

Fiction
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
A  day in the life story of an Iraq War hero. Also a finalist for the National Book Award.
The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
A coming-of-age tale that moves from the streets of New Orleans to one of the most physically challenging battles in the Korean War.
The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore 
Set in Germany on the eve of World War II, the story of one woman's journey of self-discovery as a continent collapses into darkness.
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and nominated for multiple awards. A riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, and stolen moments of beauty and love.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
A 13-year-old boy living on a reservation in North Dakota sets out with three friends on a quest for answers about an attack on his mother.
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive

Nonfiction
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Global change and inequality are given a human face via the residents of a makeshift settlement in the shadow of Mumbai’s luxury hotels.
Burying the Typewriter (currently on-order for WCPL) by Carmen Bugan
A Romanian girl’s bucolic life is upended when her father is arrested for political dissidence.
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. A detailed chronicle of four black Florida men who, falsely accused of rape in 1949, were defended by civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall.
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
The shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.
Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon
Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all.
Pax Ethnica (currently on-order for WCPL) by Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac
From Kerala, India to Queens, New York, the authors explore regions noted for low violence, rising life expectancy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights, revealing how diverse communities manage to live in peace.

2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists. Retrieved from http://www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org/2013-finalists.htm

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