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    Here are this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists.

    Corinne Segal

    September 13, 2022, 11:36am

    Today the Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced its 2022 finalists. The only international literary peace prize given in the US, the prize “honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.”

    The winners and runners-up will be announced on September 27; winners receive a $10,000 prize and runners-up each receive $5,000.

    “With compassion and a sharp-eyed view of history, this year’s finalists provide some much-needed guidance in finding our way to peace,” Sharon Rab, Chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said in a press release. “The stories featured this year help us take comfort in our shared humanity and assure us that, no matter what, the human spirit, and the hope indomitable within it, prevails.”

    Finalists for the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize


    Juhea Kim, Beasts of a Little Land (HarperCollins)

    Anthony Doerr, Cloud Cuckoo Land (Simon & Schuster)

    Patricia Engel, Infinite Country (Simon & Schuster)

    Brad Kessler, North (Abrams)

    Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (HarperCollins)

    JoAnne Tompkins, What Comes After (Penguin Random House)


    Amanda Ripley, High Conflict (Simon & Schuster)

    Clint Smith, How the Word is Passed (Little, Brown)

    Andrea Elliott, Invisible Child (Penguin Random House)

    Shugri Said Sahl, The Last Nomad (Algonquin Books)

    Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us (Penguin Random House)

    Evan Osnos, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury (Macmillan)

    Congratulations to the finalists!

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