Thursday, October 2, 2014

2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize was inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. It is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States, which gives Dayton a very unique claim to fame. With any literary award, I always recommend that everyone make a point to review the full list of finalists. The writers who create works worthy of a finalist list for any literary accolades, especially one as profound as the DLPP, are typically well worth your time and effort.

Introducing the 2014 DLPP winners…
Fiction Winner
Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

Shacochis's first collection of stories, "Easy in the Islands" won the National Book Award. His second collection, "The Next New World" was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel, "Swimming in the Volcano" was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award. Shacochis has been a contributing editor for Outside and Harper's, and has been a columnist and writer for several national publications, which include GQ magazine. (Bowker Author Biography)

In The Woman Who Lost Her Soul (Grove Atlantic), Shacochis sweeps through four countries over a span of fifty years and multiple wars, unraveling tangled knots of romance, espionage, and vengeance while tracing the coming of age of pre-9/11 America. In a magnum opus described by The Los Angeles Review of Books as "what may well be the last Great American Novel," Shacochis creates an intricate portrait of the catastrophic events that have led to an endless cycle of vengeance and war between cultures. Retrieved from

Nonfiction Winner
Karima Bennoune, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California. For more information, read her full biography here.
In Your Fatwa Does not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism (W.W. Norton & Company), Bennoune profiles trailblazers across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond who risked persecution and even death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries. From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, the book shares the inspiring stories of a global community of Muslim writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators whose stories are often lost amid heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other. Retrieved from

Fiction Runner-Up
Margaret Wrinkle, Wash (Grove Atlantic)

Nonfiction Runner-Up
Jo Roberts, Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel's Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe (Dundurn Press, Toronto)

The 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize award ceremony will take place on November 9th at The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Nick Clooney will be returning as Master of Ceremonies. For more information, please visit the Dayton Literary Peace Prize website


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