Two books that examine the role of religion in conflict and peace were named winners of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize last week.
Bob Shacochis won for his novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which covers 50 years and many wars. Karima Bennoune won for her nonfiction work, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, which profiles trailblazers in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia who fought the rising tide of fundamentalism.
Runners-up were Margaret Wrinkle for her novel Wash, about slave-breeding in the early 19th century, and Jo Roberts for her nonfiction work Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe.
Oraganizers previously announced that novelist Louise Erdrich will be the recipient of this year’s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. Erdrich won the National Book Award for her novel The Round House in 2012.
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The prize, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.
Local in anthology
Good news for South Florida travel writer Thomas Swick — his essay “A Moving Experience” has been included in The Best American Travel Writing 2014, edited by Paul Theroux.
The essay, which first appeared in the online magazine The Morning News, examines the emotional highs and lows of travel. This is Swick’s sixth appearance in the annual anthology, which will be available Oct. 7.
“It’s always an honor being in The Best American Travel Writing, but it’s especially so when you’re chosen by the great American travel writer,” Swick says.