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Community Conversations Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize


The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The in-depth book discussion series Community Conversations: Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize continues on Monday, October 2, with a discussion about at the 2016 Fiction Winner, The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.  The free program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street in Dayton.

Community Conversations are led by instructors from area universities joined by knowledgeable readers. Andrew Strombeck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at Wright State University, leads the conversation on October 2, focusing on the themes and issues raised in The Sympathizer, its impact and artistry, and the authors’ other works.

The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. called it a breakthrough novel of the year. “With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. A blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.” (

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

On November 2, Community Conversation will focus on the works of writer Colm Tóibín, winner of this year’s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Each discussion digs 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.”

For more information about this or any Library program, visit or call 937.463.2665. Learn more about the Dayton Literary Peace Prize online at


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