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Victoria Theater to Host Conversations with Winners of 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize


Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chicago Tribune

A moderated conversation with 2022 and past winning authors of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize discuss how their works promote peace through the written word on Saturday, November 12 at 4:00 pm. Doors will open at 3:00 pm and panel will begin at 4:00 pm.


Wil Haygood, 2022 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

The following individuals will attend:

  • Wil Haygood, 2022 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

  • Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, 2022 Fiction Winner, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

  • Clint Smith, 2022 Nonfiction Winner, How the Word is Passed

  • Joanne Tompkins, 2022 Fiction Runner-up, What Comes After

  • Andrea Elliott, 2022 Nonfiction Runner-up, Invisible Child

  • Alexander Starritt, 2021 Fiction Winner, We Germans

  • Jordan Ritter Conn, 2021 Nonfiction Runnerup, The Road from Raqqas

  • Susan Southard, 2016 Nonfiction Winner, Nagasaki Life After Nuclear War

  • Gilbert King, Host, Pulitzer Prize-winning au-thor, Devil in the Grove

  • Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chicago Tribune


The conversation will take place at the Victoria Theater, 138 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 and will be graced by the winners of the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and winners from years past, a group of national and international authors whose works have been recognized as advancing the cause of peace. The panel of authors will be moderated

by Gilbert King, Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove and will be followed by an interview with Wil Haygood, the 2022 winner of the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Dayton native, Clarence Page. The event will also feature the premiere of the newly-formed Dayton Literary Peace Prize chorus, under the direction of Mr. William Henry Caldwell.


Send questions for any of the authors to Sharon Rab at sharonrab@woh.rr.com.


Tickets range from $20 to $250 and can be purchased at https://www.daytonlive.org/events/dlpp. Group sales are available by calling or emailing Crystal Flippin at Dayton Live: 937.684.4969 or crystal.flippin@daytonlive.org.


The Dayton Literary Peace Prize honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to

foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. Launched in 2006, it is recognized as

one of the world’s most prestigious literary honors and is the only literary peace prize awarded in the United States. As an offshoot of the Dayton Peace Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards a $10,000 cash prize each year to one fiction and one nonfiction

author whose work advances peace as a solution to conflict and leads readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view.


Additionally, the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award is

bestowed upon a writer whose body of work reflects the Prize's mission; previous honorees include Margaret Atwood, Wendell Berry, Taylor Branch, Geraldine Brooks, Louise Erdrich, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu-Dunn, N. Scott Momaday,

Tim O'Brien, Marilynne Robinson, Gloria Steinem, Studs Terkel, Colm Tóibín, and Elie Wiesel. For more information visit the Dayton Literary Peace Prize media center at http://daytonliterarypeaceprize.org/press.htm.

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