If you’re an avid reader looking for a well-written book that carries an important message, look no further than the list of finalists chosen each year as contenders for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
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HOW TO GO:
What: The 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Award Ceremony
When: Sunday, Nov. 3
Where: Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton
Hosted by: Nick Clooney
For information: www.daytonliterarypeaceprize.org
Looking for a good book to read? Consider the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists:
• “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich (Random House): A 13-year-old boy living on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota sets out with three friends on a quest for answers about an attack on his mother that has left her too traumatized to leave her bed.
• “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain (HarperCollins): A hilarious and heartbreaking day in the life of an Iraq War hero whose squad appears in a Dallas Cowboys halftime show as part of an effort to rekindle support for the war.
• “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson (Random House): In this Pulitzer Prize-winning tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, and stolen moments of beauty and love.
• “The Life of Objects” by Susanna Moore (Random House): In 1938 Belfast, a young lace maker is whisked away from her dreary life to a glamorous Berlin household, only to find her fairy tale shattered by the realities of encroaching war.
• “The Coldest Night” by Robert Olmstead (Algonquin): A mesmerizing coming-of-age novel that moves from the steamy streets of New Orleans to one of the most physically challenging battles in the Korean War.
• “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown and Company): Praised by Tom Wolfe as “the All Quiet on the Western Front of America’s Arab wars,” this bestselling debut novel by an Iraq War veteran recounts a bloody battle through the eyes of two young soldiers.
The 2013 nonfiction finalists are:
• “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo (Random House): Global change and inequality are given a human face via the residents of a makeshift settlement in the shadow of Mumbai’s luxury hotels.
• “Pax Ethnica” by Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac (Public Affairs Books): From Kerala, India to Queens, N.Y., the authors explore regions noted for low violence, rising life expectancy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights, revealing how diverse communities manage to live in peace.
• “Burying the Typewriter” by Carmen Bugan (Graywolf Press): In this debut memoir, a Romanian girl’s bucolic life is upended when her father is arrested for political dissidence.
• “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden (Viking): Bred to be a slave and a snitch, Shin Dong-hyuk is the only known person born in a North Korean prison camp to escape and survive. This bestselling account inspired a UN investigation of such camps earlier this year.
• “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King (HarperCollins): A richly detailed chronicle of four black Florida men who, falsely accused of rape in 1949, were defended by civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall — later the first black Supreme Court justice.
• “Far From the Tree” by Andrew Solomon (Scribner): In telling the stories of exceptional children affected by a spectrum of cognitive, physical or psychological differences, Solomon uncovers the intense prejudice they face and meets the parents who embrace their differences and try to alter the world’s understanding of their conditions.
SOURCE and descriptions from The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation