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Robinson wins 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

US author Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of the Richard C Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award as part of the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The award is presented annually to an international writer ‘whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding’. Sharon Rab, founder of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said of the winner: ‘In her fiction and in her essays, Marilynne Robinson is concerned with the issues that define the Dayton Literary Peace Prize: forgiveness, the sacredness of the human creature, and delight in being alive and experiencing the natural world. With luminous, deeply moving prose, she explores the causes of strife in a family, in a community, and in the world, while ultimately demonstrating the universal healing power of reconciliation and love.’ Robinson is the author of Housekeeping (Faber) and Gilead (Virago Press), among other novels and essay collections. She will be presented with the award at a ceremony on 20 November. For more information, visit the website here.


Category: International news