Dayton Literary Peace Prize

High School

“In his book, Benjamin Skinner’s powerful indictment of contemporary slavery must arouse outrage for perpetrators and compassion for their victims.”

-Elie Wiesel

Rigorously investigated and fearlessly reported, A Crime So Monstrous is a passionate and thorough examination of the appalling reality of human bondage in today’s world. In his devastating narrative, Ben Skinner boldly casts light on the unthinkable, yet thriving, modern-day practice of slavery, exposing a global trade in human lives.

-Bill Clinton

This year Kettering Fairmont International Baccalaureate students, in conjunction with the festivities surrounding the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, are taking on a book that explores one of the most rampant and disturbing issues of our society, modern-day slavery.

While A Crime So Monstrous is not the average novel taught in the classroom, it is a unique experience for students to explore, question, and interact together while reading the book as a group. The implications of this work of non-fiction cover topics that stretch beyond the English classroom and reach into a variety of other curriculums and should provide thoughtful and intense discussions for students and adults.

In 2009, Skinner’s book was chosen as the non-fiction winner of The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an honor that makes this experience even more special. If you are a reader, we invite you to join with us as we are currently planning events to not only discuss the book, but also to explore the problem and to work with community partners to find solutions that matter locally, as well as globally.

If this topic interests you, other related novels include:

  • The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores
  • Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It by David Batstone

Join Kettering Fairmont’s IB students for the following events:

  • Human Trafficking 101 Class – this quick course on the subject of Human Trafficking is presented by UD students and gives an overview of the issues surrounding this problem and how we can help
  • Book Club Discussion – join our IB students and teachers to discuss the implications of Skinner’s work and personal reactions to the text
  • Discussion with author Ben Skinner – author Ben Skinner will be with us to discuss his book, the issues it raises, and to answer questions from the audience

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Kettering Fairmont’s All-Read events, please contact Pat Fife at

College & University

College and University Consortium

Wash author Margaret Wrinkle reads at public event sponsored by Sinclair Community College (Nov. 2015)

The College and University Consortium of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation extends the reach of the DLPP by coordinating and sponsoring related events for the academic community and the people of the Greater Dayton region.

The Dayton area is known for its wealth of exceptional and varied opportunities in higher education. The College and University Consortium organizes and presents author lectures, book discussion groups, readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, essay contests, and various class activities for students, faculty, and the community at-large. These events provide opportunities to honor DLPP-nominated and award-winning authors and to bring recognized writers to participating colleges and universities.

The Consortium works with university faculty and students to nominate writers for the Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The Consortium’s work also fosters partnerships and collaborations between and among the many colleges, universities and libraries that have joined together to promote the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and its focal message of peace – so relevant to the history of this region and the missions of the partnering institutions.

A major goal of the Consortium is to connect with colleges and universities throughout Ohio, the United States, and the world to invite these academic institutions to become partners in this process. If you are a student, graduate, or faculty member of a university that might be interested in becoming a part of the Consortium, please contact Debra Oswald, Library Director at Sinclair College, through DLPP Operations Manager Emily Kretzer at

Debra Oswald, Chair, Sinclair College
Helen Prichard, Library Consortium Liaison
Andrea Atkinson, Sinclair College
Christopher Bachelder, University of Cincinnati
Neal Baker, Earlham College
Paul Benson, University of Dayton
Ben Brazil, Earlham College
Julie Buchanan, Dayton Metro Library
Linda Caron, Wright State University
Jill Evans, Kettering College
Monica V. Fisher, Miami University
Geoffrey Giddings, Central State University
Michael Griffith, University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Habel, University of Cincinnati
Peg Hanna, Wittenberg University
Furaha Henry-Jones, Sinclair College
Rick Incorvati, Wittenberg University
Sharon Lynette Jones, Wright State University
Katy Kelly, University of Dayton
Katrina Kittle, University of Dayton
Dana Knott, Antioch University
Thomas Lasley, Learn to Earn Dayton
Valerie B. Lee, Ohio State University
Doug Lehman, Wittenberg University
Carol Loranger, Wright State University
William Loudermilk, Edison State Community College
Carol Macmann, Dayton Metro Library
Stephen Marlowe, Edison State Community College
Lee Martin, Ohio State University
Tanya Maus, Wilmington College
Marshall Mitchell, Wilberforce University
Gary Mitchner, Sinclair College
Chip Murdock, Wilmington College
Robert M. Olmstead, Ohio Wesleyan University
Rhonda Pettit, University of Cincinnati
Rosemary Ramsey, Wright State University
Caroline Reynolds, Sinclair College
Denny Russell, Antioch University
Alpana Sharma, Wright State University
Andrew Slade, University of Dayton
Bill Smith, University of Dayton
Vicki Stalbird, Sinclair College
Leah Stewart, University of Cincinnati
Andrew Strombeck, Wright State University
Linda Tse, Cedarville University
Keith Tuma, Miami University
Jay Twomey, University of Cincinnati
Sarah Wallis, Antioch University
Kimberly Weaver, SOCHE
Drew Wichterman, Tipp City Public Library
Peggy Wilfong, Cedarville University

WSU CORE Scholar

“The first and only U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace,” the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP) began as a homegrown effort by a small but committed group of Dayton readers, academics, and philanthropists to foreground the power of the written word to create peace.

Bridge to Understanding

Bridge to Understanding:
Discussion on Systemic Racism in America

Tulane University
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Tulane University and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize presented “Bridge to Understanding – a Discussion on Systemic Racism in America.” The event was held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center and was free and open to the public. The discussion featured DLPP co-founder Sharon Rab, prize recipients Margaret Wrinkle, Wilbert Rideau, and Gilbert King and it was moderated by Bernice McFadden of Tulane.

Community Conversations:
Books of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize works with libraries to share the nominated works with readers throughout the area and beyond. The library committee includes librarians from schools, universities, public libraries, former librarians, citizens who serve on library boards and interested community members.

The Ohio Public Library Network (OPLIN) is being utilized to send announcements regarding the winning authors and their works. University librarians serving on the Library Committee and the members of the University Consortium provides information to the university library committee. Several events are being held at university libraries in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Celebration.

Immediately after the announcement of the 2009 winners, a mailing was sent to 118 libraries in Montgomery and surrounding counties. The mailing included a list of the winners and provided suggestions as to how their library could help Dayton celebrate this international award. In addition, each library received a copy of the trifold brochure and was encouraged to copy and distribute it to their patrons.

Libraries are taking steps to publicize the award through displays, links on their home page to the Dayton Literary Peace Prize web site, and designating winning titles in their card catalog.

The library committee has also encouraged the Trading Cards for Peace art card project through the library list serves, including the 1,145 school librarians on the list serve associated with the Ohio Educational Library Media Association. They have also disseminated information through the national list serve (LM-Net), which reaches 12,000 school and public librarians.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is donating a complete set of nominated books to the Dayton International Peace Museum each year to build their library. We have also donated books to public and school libraries whenever we have books to share.

Should you want to become involved in the library outreach program, please contact Helen Prichard.


In the fall of 2019, Dayton Metro Library partnered with area universities and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to offer Community Conversations on the work of authors honored by the Prize. Free and open to the public, these events brought together area scholars, university faculty, and community readers at the Dayton Metro Library for wide-ranging and enriching conversations about the books. Each of the works discussed touched on concepts of immigration, family, and otherness, providing an overarching theme for the conversations.

These discussions were free and open to the public.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Public intellectuals, Darren McGarvey of Kettering Fairmont High School and Carolyn Stoermer of Wright State University led the discussion.  They were joined by a panel of area educators and students.  The discussion included information regarding how to teach this work.  John Irving received the Holbrooke Award in 2018.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Public intellectual, Emerita Professor Marybeth Pringle, of Wright State University led a panel including an area public librarian and members of the Human Race Theatre involved in the spring production of Gloria: A Life to discuss Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road.  Gloria Steinem received the Holbrooke Award in 2015. This was a timely book, given that among other things that 2019 is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.

House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday

Dr. Tereza Szeghi of the University of Dayton hosted the event.  Native American community members participated and the session began with a showing of the 30-minute film Return to Rainy Mountain by the author’s daughter, Jill Momaday.  N. Scott Momaday received the Holbrooke Award in 2019.

In the fall of 2018, area scholars and community readers at the Dayton Metro Library join together for wide ranging conversations about books written by authors honored by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Engaging professors from area universities were joined by eminent Daytonians to talk about these works’ impact and artistry, essential themes, and connections to the authors’ other work, and the power of the written word to promote peace. If you’ve already read these authors, or are just thinking about doing so, these conversations will enrich your appreciation and understanding of these authors and their works.

These discussions were free and open to the public.

What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars by David Wood

This discussion will be led by Dr. Jonathan Winkler, chair of the WSU Department of History and a prominent military historian.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This discussion will be led by Ms. Furaha Henry-Jones, poet and professor of English at Sinclair Community College.

Tigerland by Will Haygood

This discussion will be led by Mr. Ted Kissell, former athletic director of the University of Dayton.

The Sympathizer

Colm Tóibín

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Library Committee

DLPP’s important message of peace reaches library patrons throughout the region thanks to the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Library Consortium. Consisting of librarians from school, university, and public libraries, the Consortium makes available DLPP-nominated and -winning works at various library locations. The libraries promote the prize through displays, linking their patrons to the Dayton Literary Peace Prize webpage and newsletter, and advertising the various events connected to the prize. The Ohio Public Library Network also publicizes the winning authors and their works.

The Dayton Metro Library has created a Dayton Literary Peace Prize book club, organized by Carol Macmann, New Lebanon Branch librarian. Readers meet monthly to discuss a designated DLPP-winning work. Additional information is available by contacting Carol at

University librarians serve on both the Library Consortium and University and College Consortium, linking the two groups and sharing information on events in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Outreach events by the academic community increase each year, and the libraries are playing a key role in encouraging this expansion.

Wright State University sponsors CORE Scholar, a complete bibliography of DLPP works accessible through a database that allows the user to search by title, author, and award type.

Each year the Library Consortium publishes a brochure that includes a list of winning book titles and their authors. The brochure is available on the DLPP website. It may be duplicated to promote the authors and their work.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize donates a complete set of nominated books to the Dayton International Peace Museum each year. Additional books also are donated to public and school libraries, with funding from the DLPP’s Fly with the Doves Book Circle.

Drew Wichterman, adult librarian at Tipp City Public library, coordinated a curriculum project with the Tippecanoe High Advanced Placement and accelerated language arts, history, and government teachers. The project integrated Gilbert King’s Nonfiction Runner-up book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys into the 2019 summer read and fall curriculum. The project culminated with Gilbert King discussing the book with the students on November 4th.

Library Consortium 2019

Helen Prichard, Chair; Retired Librarian, Tippecanoe High School
Julie Buchanan, Program Manager, Dayton Metro Library
Paul Gregor, Librarian, Greene County Library System
Linda Harrison, DLPP Archivist; Retired Librarian, Kettering Fairmont High School
Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director, Dayton Metro Library
Douglas Lehman, Library Director, Wittenberg University
William Loudermilk, Professor, Edison State Community College
Carol Macmann, Librarian, New Lebanon Public Library; DLPP Book Club Facilitator
Debra Oswald, Library Director, Sinclair College, DLPP University Consortium Chair
Lisa Santucci, Director, Tipp City Public Library
Elizabeth Schmidt, Reference Librarian, Wright Memorial Library
Drew Wichterman, Adult Librarian, Tipp City Public Library


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