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Tim O’Brien Wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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Last week in Dayton, Ohio, Vietnam veteran and acclaimed author Tim O’Brien fought back tears when he discussed how much winning the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for lifetime achievement meant to him. 

“For me to get an award at the end of my career with the word peace in it—I’ve been called a war writer my whole career, and I think of myself as a peace writer. I’ve always thought of myself as a peace writer, and I’m sure that my colleagues up here are all in agreement about that – that we display the ugliness and obscenities of war as a way of contrast against that alternative, that shy, unbragging word peace.”

PKPR secured extensive coverage of this year’s awards including the Associated PressThe New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington PostMinnesota Public RadioAustin American Statesman, and Mediabistro.

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The Dayton Literary Peace Prize recognizes writers whose work demonstrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. Past recipients include Elie Wiesel and Studs Terkel. Launched in 2006,.it is an offshoot of the Dayton Peace Prize commemorating the 1995 peace accords ending the war in Bosnia, and is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States.

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