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DAYTON METRO LIBRARY HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

peaceprizebookThe new Main Library in downtown Dayton will be the setting for a new series of discussions focusing on winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Community Conversations: Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize begins on Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. with a discussion about at the 2014 Nonfiction Winner,Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here by Karima Bennoune.  The free program takes place in the Eichelberger Forum at the new Main Library, 215 E. Third Street.

Each Community Conversation will be led by instructors from area universities, along with knowledgeable readers. Awad Halabi, PH.D. Associate Professor and Coordinator of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Wright State University, leads the conversation on August 24. The wide-ranging discussion may include themes and issues raised in each book, their impact and artistry, and connections to the authors’ other works.

“Each discussion will dig into often complex subjects with substantial conversation,” said Julie Buchanan, Dayton Metro Library’s Adult Programming Manager. “It’s our hope that these discussions will not only celebrate excellence in literature, but also foster communication and understanding right here in our community.”

Since 2006, the prestigious Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards are presented annually in Fiction, Nonfiction and Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, honoring books that lead readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, or political points of view. The award, the only international literary award based in the United States, carries a $10,000 cash prize.

Upcoming Community Conversations:
Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize:

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here by Karima Bennoune
Awad Halabi, PH.D. Associate Professor and Coordinator of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Wright State University, leads discussion about the 2014 Nonfiction Winner.
Thursday, 8/24 | 6:30-8 PM | Main Library - Eichelberger Forum

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Andrew Strombeck, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English, Wright State University, leads discussion about the 2016 Fiction Winner.
Monday, 10/2, 6:30-8 | Main Library - Eichelberger Forum

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
Carol Loranger and panel discuss Colm Tóibín, whose fiction and nonfiction captures in heartbreaking detail the impact of exile and political conflict on individual lives, recipient of the 2017 lifetime achievement honor.
Thursday, 11/2, 6:30-8 | Main Library - Eichelberger Forum

For more information about this or any Library program call (937) 363-BOOK. Learn more about the Dayton Literary Peace Prize online at DaytonLiteraryPeacePrize.org.

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