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2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Shortlist Announced

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Several AOC made the finalist list.
And several have been book discussion favorites.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation has announced the 2018 finalists for its annual awards in fiction and nonfiction. Dedicated to “recognizing the power of literature to promote peace and reconciliation,” the prize will be awarded on September 18.


Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

Go, Went, Gone, by Jenny Erpenbeck

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Salt Houses, by Hala Alyan

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward

Spaceman of Bohemia, by Jaroslav Kalfar


Enduring Vietnam, by James Wright

Ghost of the Innocent Man, by Benjamin Rachlin

Lolas’ House, by M. Evelina Galang

Reading with Patrick, by Michelle Kuo

The Newcomers, by Helen Thorpe

We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Denise Turney (deniseturney) | 8 comments Is this Dayton, as in Dayton, Ohio? Awesome if it is!

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The winners and runnersup of the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes are:

Fiction winner: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a "heartbreaking debut novel [that] follows three generations of a Palestinian family as they are uprooted by one military clash after another, giving up their home, their land, and their story as they know it and scattering throughout the world. A lyrical examination of displacement, belonging, and family, the book humanizes an age-old conflict, illuminating the experiences of all refugees and challenging readers to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can't go home again."

Fiction runnerup: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central), which "brings the historical sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy to the saga of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who, exiled from a homeland they never knew, fight to control their destinies in 20th-century Japan. As they encounter both catastrophes and great joy, the novel's exceptional protagonists confront enduring questions of faith, family, and identity."

Nonfiction winner: We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World/PRH), a collection of essays. "Revisiting each year of the Obama administration through Coates's own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, the book offers a vital account of eight years that began with great hope of black progress and ended with an election and vicious backlash that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era."

Nonfiction runnerup: Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (Random House), a memoir in which the author, "the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of Patrick Browning, a teenaged student from one of the poorest counties in the U.S., and his remarkable literary and personal awakening."

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