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2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

On September 4th, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation announced the finalists for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction. The award honors works of fiction and nonfiction that use literature to illustrate the myriad  and varied experiences of humanity. With these books, the reading experience becomes an exercise in empathy. The winners will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, September 24th) at 7 a.m. E.T. The twelve finalists (six in fiction and six in nonfiction) are listed below, linked to Booklist reviews when available.


    The Wash book coverCartogropher of No Man’s Land, by P.S. Duffy

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra

   In the Night of Time, by Antonio Muñoz Molina

    Someone, by Alice McDermott

    Wash, by Margaret Wrinkle

    The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, by Bob Shacochis



Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe, by Jo RobertsMen We Reaped book cover

Here on the Edge: How a Small Group of WWII Conscientious Objectors Took Art and Peace from the Margins to the Mainstream, by Steve McQuiddy

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, by Katy Butler

Men We Reaped: A Memoir, by Jesmyn Ward

Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel

Your Fatwa Does not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, by Karima Bennoune



About the Author:

Miriam Barajas served as a Booklist intern in fall, 2014.

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