2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

Yesterday the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation released its list of finalists for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. This Dayton-Literary-Peace-Prize-Sealaward is given to one fiction and one nonfiction author whose works demonstrate the power of literature in the push to promote global peace and understanding. The prize’s foundation co-chair, Sharon Rab, said that the 2015 finalists “show us people navigating their way through a complex range of differences, whether it be nationality, race, class, or gender. Through these narratives, we discover either valuable tools for reconciling differences—or the dire consequences for all involved of choosing to remain in conflict.”

The winners will be announced on September 30th. Listed below are the 12 finalists, their titles linked to Booklist reviews when available.

An Untamed StateFiction

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay

Land of Love and Drowning, by Tiphanie Yanique

The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

The Care and Management of Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear

The Great Glass Sea, by Josh Weil



Nonfictithe short and tragic life of robert pesceon

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

No Man’s Land, by Elizabeth Samet

The Other Side, by Lacy M. Johnson

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs

There Was and There Was Not, by Meline Toumani

Who We Be: The Colorization of America, by Jeff Chang







About the Author:

Allegra Wozniak served as a Booklist intern in fall 2015. She is a senior at Lake Forest College studying English literature and print and digital publishing. Besides reading, her favorite thing to do is eat Little Caesars breadsticks and watch the Mad Max movies with her dog, Mango.

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