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Community Conversations: Talking About Dayton Literacy Peace Prize Books

In 1995, Dayton was the scene of the Peace Accords, a monumental summit which resulted in the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize was developed as a way to continue celebrating the power of words to forge peace. It remains the first and only annual literary award in the nation that recognizes efforts to improve understanding among cultures, religions, and political points of view.

The discussion series Community Conversations: Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize goes deep into the works of recent DLPP Lifetime Achievement award winners. Led by area scholars and community readers, discussion focuses on literary themes, artistry, and the impact of the authors’ works. All sessions are 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Dayton Metro Library’s Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street, and are free and open to the public:

Monday, September 16 – The works of John Irving (2018 winner)
Monday, September 30 – The works of Gloria Steinem (2015 winner)
Monday, October 7 – The works of N. Scott Momaday (2019 winner)

The DLPP Lifetime Achievement Award, formally known as the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, was named for the Ambassador who chose Dayton as the site for the Bosnian summit. The award recognizes an author’s body of work for contributing to a greater understanding between and among people.

For more information on the history and criteria of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, visit


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