The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, first awarded in 2006, honors an author and recognizes a work of fiction and nonfiction that promotes peace, social justice, and global understanding. The winner from each category receives a cash prize of $10,000. Previous winners include Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde (fiction), Eli Saslow (nonfiction), and N. Scott Momaday (Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award).
This year, the winners are Alice Hoffman (fiction), Chanel Miller (nonfiction), and Margaret Atwood (Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award).
“From racial bias to misogyny, this year’s winning books explored critical issues and events in an election year that could redefine the country,” said Sharon Rab, the chairman of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. “They show us how important our political choices are and how they can affect individuals all over the world.”
According to Publishers Weekly, this year’s awards ceremony has been postponed until June 27, 2021.
2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners
Alice Hoffman, The World That We Knew
(Simon & Schuster)
Chanel Miller, Know My Name
Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
[h/t Publishers Weekly]