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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners

"The Dayton Literary Peace Prize has selected Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead) the winner of the 2008 fiction award and Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying (Vintage) the nonfiction winner. Each receives a $10,000 purse. In addition to Diaz and Danticat, Civil rights historian Taylor Branch was named winner of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Runners up in the fiction and nonfiction categories, respectively were Daniel Alarcon for his novel Lost City Radio (HarperCollins) and Cullen Murphy for Are We Rome?, which compares Ancient Rome's politics and culture with that of the contemporary United States"

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