Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Fly with the Doves Annual Book Circle Membership

You can help advance peace through the written word — the driving mission of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize — when you join DLPP’s
Fly with the Doves Book Circle Annual Membership Program.

DLPP currently shares a limited number of winning and nominated books with local schools and universities so educators can incorporate them into their curricula with students, as well as into their libraries — but we can only do so much without funding. DLPP wants this program to soar locally, nationally, and internationally, and when you join, you can help us reach more people with these powerful works of literature. The first recipient of books funded by your membership contribution was the National Library at Sarajevo’s City Hall in Bosnia. This library, fire-bombed during the Bosnian War, when almost two million books including many rare volumes were destroyed, was restored to its original glory in 2014. We provided a complete set of DLPP awarding-winning books (2006-2019) to Bosnia as our gift to them. The Sarajevo Library project is an on-going project: we will continue to donate books each year that will become a part of the American Corner of the library. Each year, we donate books to high schools participating in our Author Series program in the fall. We have donated class sets of Wil Haygood’s Tigerland and David Wood’s What Have We Done to schools throughout the Miami Valley. For every $25 dollars you contribute when you join each year, a book will be donated. Plus, as a member, your name will be listed as one of our Doves in the virtual “Fly with the Doves Book Circle” on the DLPP website and in the event program.

Like the Prize itself, this program acknowledges that every voice matters and encourages every person to participate. Your continuing support will ensure that the Dayton Literary Peace Prize continues to advance words of peace in the years ahead.

Please join today with either an annual or continuing donation at

All memberships may be tax deductible.

Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph delivering books to Sarajevo Library.

How to Join this Program

Please click the button below to make your Fly with the Doves Membership donation through our secure site using a credit card or PayPal – one of the must trusted names in secure, online payments. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and the fair market value of the benefits you will receive is not substantial, so this donation will be tax deductible. The DLPP Foundation provides substantiation letters for contributions of $75 and more. Please consult with your tax advisor to confirm. You also will receive a receipt from PayPal to document your contribution, regardless of the amount. We do not store any of your personal financial information on our website.

If you make a one-time membership contribution, please make the amount of your donation a multiple of $25. Or if you prefer, by checking the box on the next page you can make a continuing monthly membership contribution. You can cancel the automatic payments at any time, but automating your donation will help us ensure the continuity of the program benefits. (The minimum monthly amount is $5.00.) Thank you!

Recognition and Anonymous Donations: If you would like to make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone else or if you would like to remain anonymous on our recognition page, please type your request in the area labeled “Comments to the Foundation” on the PayPal page.

Gift Memberships! Now you can make a donation to Fly with the Doves as a gift to honor a friend or family member and we will notify them of your gift. To do this, please provide the name (or names) and contact info of those for whom you are giving the membership in the area labeled “Comments to the Foundation” on the PayPal page.

See Our Current Dove Members

Please click this button to see the current members of our Fly with the Doves Book Circle!

We appreciate your support — it will ensure that the Dayton Literary Peace Prize continues to spread words of peace in the years ahead.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact our program administrator via email.

Thank you!

Holbrooke Society

An Annual Giving Society

The purpose of The Holbrooke Society of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation is to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the DLPP and to foster growth of new initiatives and programs that spread peace internationally through the written word. This involves the financial support of individuals most committed to being advocates of the mission of the DLPP. Members making an annual gift of $5,000 and above will receive a number of exclusive benefits offered only to our most generous supporters.

Since the DLPP’s inception as the only international literary peace prize in the United States 13 years ago, we have had award winning books set in 53 different countries, 65 award-winning authors representing 19 countries around the globe, more than 23,000 students actively engaged with the prize and 16 Ohio colleges and universities offering programming associated with DLPP. As an organization and community, we have accomplished much and know with the introduction of The Holbrooke Society that the DLPP will extend its reach and secure its future.

The Accords Circle
$5,000 – $9,999 Level of Giving

  • Invitation to the DLPP Saturday Evening Dinner with the Authors
  • Two tickets to the authors panel discussion at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place
  • Two tickets to the annual DLPP Awards Gala
  • A set of prize-winning books
  • Invitation to a special reception/dinner associated with the annual Authors’ Series
  • Recognition in the annual Gala Commemorative Program
  • Invitation to private receptions for additional DLPP events throughout the year

The Laureate Circle
$10,000 and Above Level of Giving

  • All of the benefts of above plus additional exclusive events with prize-winning authors and signifcant writers associated with the DLPP throughout the year.


Donation Instructions

If you would like to join the Holbrooke Society, please click the button below to pay via PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay with any major credit card.)

(If you would like to make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone else
or if you would like to remain anonymous in any recognition announcements, please type
your request in the area labeled “Comments to the Foundation” on the PayPal page.)

To pay by check, make your check payable to the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation and mail it to:

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation
P.O. Box 461
Wright Brothers Branch
Dayton, Ohio 45409-0461

If you have any questions, please click here to send us an email message.

Thank you!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Commemorative Keepsake Awards
Program Book Sponsor — $15,000

Our annual awards program book is a tribute to the mission of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, our award-winning authors, and our sustaining sponsors and patrons. This beautifully designed, four-color program book is a commemorative keepsake from the gala and reflects the quality, integrity and the power of the written word to promote peace.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Signage at the gala event
  • Promotion on the DLPP website
  • 4 tickets to the always sold-out awards ceremony
  • 4 tickets to the Saturday night Authors’ Reception at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place
  • Sit with a winning author at the awards ceremony and have your picture taken by award-winning art photographer Andy Snow 
  • Recognition as the Commemorative Keepsake Program Sponsor and one ½ page color ad in the program
  • Promotion through Facebook upon agreement, to share within your community
  • A co-developed news release announcing the relationship and its importance, to distribute to both regional and national press

Exclusive DLPP Awards
Ceremony Reception Sponsor — $10,000

You are the exclusive sponsor of DLPP’s 1½-hour awards ceremony reception that takes place in the beautiful Wintergarden at the Schuster Center. During this reception, winning and presenting authors and our 400 guests mingle, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks while listening to the local musical duo Puzzle of Light. It’s a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with some of the greatest writers in the world, and guests truly value this unique experience.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Prominent signage throughout the Wintergarden during the reception plus an exclusive sponsor logo GOBO 
  • Promotion on the DLPP website
  • 2 tickets to the always sold-out awards ceremony
  • 4 tickets to the Saturday night Authors’ Reception at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place
  • Recognition as a sponsor and a ½ page color ad in the DLPP keepsake-quality event program 
  • Promotion through Facebook upon agreement, to share with your stakeholders
  • A co-developed news release announcing the relationship and its importance
  • Right of first refusal for sponsorship in 2020
exclusive ceremony reception sponsor

The Hans and Sherry Tschudin
Student Table Sponsor Challenge — $5,000

Since the first DLPP gala, Hans and Sherry Tschudin have been patrons at the $5,000 level. Having shared the DLPP gala experience with friends for two years, they began a wonderful tradition of filling that table with students from Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) and from the University of Dayton. The Tschudins worked with the faculties of DECA and UD to find students who would be inspired by the words and thoughts of the top writers in the world. Last year, Hans suggested that DLPP use their student sponsorship as a model that others might follow, so to honor Hans and Sherry and their dedication to students and to education, DLPP is offering the challenge to create an additional student table sponsorship. The sponsor will choose students from a high school and/or university of their choice.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Signage at the Saturday Authors’ Reception and the Sunday Gala at the Schuster
  • Promotion on the DLPP website
  • A table of ten for the always sold-out awards ceremony for the sponsors and their student guests
  • Ten tickets to the Saturday Authors’ Reception at UD’s Daniel J. Curran Place for the sponsors and their student guests
  • Photographs of the group by award-winning art photographer Andy Snow
  • Inclusion in a page in the DLPP keepsake-quality event program

Conversation with the Authors Education Sponsor — $2,000

You are the exclusive sponsor for this popular public panel discussion at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center, which will be held Sunday, November 3, 2019. During this 1½-hour interactive discussion, authors talk about their reflections on peace and writing, and take questions from our audience of 335 attendees of which a significant percentage are students from local schools and universities. This is followed by a 30-minute book signing. Your sponsorship helps support this public outreach and education program with the authors by underwriting 25% of the ticket price to make it more affordable – a $15 ticket instead of $20 for every attendee.

With this sponsorship, you receive the following:

  • Prominent signage at the Sunday panel event, including a pre-event PowerPoint sign at the front of the auditorium
  • Live thanks from the podium for your support by Sharon Rab, DLPP founder and chair
  • DLPP website visibility and acknowledgement when each ticket is purchased that you are underwriting the event
  • 5 tickets to attend the Sunday morning event
  • Sponsor recognition and a ¼ page color ad in the DLPP keepsake-quality event program
  • Promotion through Facebook upon agreement, to be shared with your stakeholders
  • A co-developed news release announcing the relationship and its importance
  • Right of first refusal for sponsorship in 2020
conversation with the authors education sponsor

Sponsor Author Travel and Housing — $1,500

Our winning authors come to Dayton from around the U.S. and from countries around the world. In recent years, some publishing houses have been unable to support the travel of their winning authors to attend the awards weekend. In response, we are offering an Author Travel and Housing Sponsorship opportunity to support the airfare and hotel expenses associated with the awards weekend in Dayton. Several sponsorships are available at $1,500. In addition to recognition in the program, on the DLPP website, and on event signage, if you hold Patron-level tickets to the awards gala, an author will be seated at your table.


Virtual Book Club

Instituted because we wanted a way to connect with our readers during Covid, the book club has become so successful that it will remain a feature of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize even after we can gather safely in person.  It has allowed readers from throughout the area and in other states to join in a conversation about books that advance peace. 

Ron Rollins, recently retired as the Issues and Voices Editor of The Dayton Daily News, has been gracious in accepting the roll of host and discussion moderator for the club.  Since May, we have read books by winners, the Holbrooke winners and finalists, an array of choices that gives us numerous options.  We began with Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks; then a new novel by Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman; followed by DLPP Finalist Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing; and then Wash, by Fiction Runner-up Margaret Wrinkle.  Our next selection will be Jasper Crow by Wendell Berry and the discussion will be moderated by club member Dr. John Spaccarelli on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for lively discussion and camaraderie.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the book club, contact our Program Manager, Emily Kretzer,

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September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

In the thousands of Google alerts about our authors, no one is referenced more than Wendell Berry. The variety of sources that quote him reflects the expanse of his talent as he is revered by environmentalists, ministers, sociologists, farmers, poets, novelists, essayists, political activists, and his neighbors. His work embodies the vast expanses of human experience with a simplicity that is elegant and profound. If you have not picked up a book by Wendell Berry, this is a perfect time to get to know him, and Jaber Crow is the perfect book.

 Here is a brief recommendation from Jason Craig of the National Catholic Register

Jayber Crow follows Jayber (not his real name), an essentially orphaned boy, as he moves from belonging to disorientation, from the pseudo-freedom a young man thinks he wants to re-finding home, place and people. We can think of Jayber as a sort of priest, since he eventually makes an offering of himself for love that even results in a voluntary celibacy. He cleans the local church and even digs the graves for the dead. His main work of barbering, as one of his customers puts it, is not really a “line of work” but more of a position held, a vocation. In a time when belonging and place are things we simply don’t possess, and work is a means of paying bills but void of meaning, Jayber Crow is a potent read. In a time of social distancing, this novel will remind us how important the people near us really are.


August 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret Wrinkles debut novel Wash was the 2014 DLPP Fiction Runner-Up, and over the last six years, Margaret has generously returned to Dayton numerous times to share her insights into our past and her writing process that makes Wash an unforgettable story. Margaret takes us from Tennessee to West Africa and brings us back again as she explores the soul of the South.

“The voices of the past can’t speak for themselves and must rely on the artists of the future to honor them. It’s a profound responsibility and one that Margaret Wrinkle meets in her brilliant novel Wash. She shows not only the courage to submerge herself in the Stygian world of plantation slavery but also the grace and sensitivity to bring that world to life . . . Narrative roles are given to Wash, fellow slaves and his succession of masters, creating a dense, hypnotic ensemble of voices. It’s from patriarchs like Wash, Ms. Wrinkle shows, that the U.S. was born.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

The members of the DLPP book club chose Wash so we can continue to explore the basis for the call for justice we continue to hear today. Please join us for a rich discussion of our past and our present.

Ron Rollins, recently retired Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion.


July 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Jesmyn Ward, a three-time finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, won the National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing. Her work can educate us about the racial issues facing America today. Please join us in July to discuss this important book.

“The heart of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is story—the yearning for a narrative to help us understand ourselves, the pain of the gaps we’ll never fill, the truths that are failed by words and must be translated through ritual and song…Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love, and this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it.” —Buzzfeed

Ron Rollins, recently retired Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion.

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June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman

New York Times Bestseller

Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

Ron Rollins, newly retired Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion. Congratulations, Ron!

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May 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders

“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion.” – The Washington Post

An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Ron Rollins, Dayton Daily News Ideas and Voices Editor, will moderate the discussion of The Year of Wonders.

Panel Discussion of "Rising Out of Hatred" at Clark County Public Library, July 28, 2020​

On July 28, 2020, One Book, Many Communities organized a panel discussion on Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow. This book was the nonfiction winner of 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

The event was held at the Clark County Public Library in Springfield, Ohio. The panelists (see photo below) included:

  • Faheem Curtis-Khidr, History Professor, Sinclair Community College
  • Marc DeWitt, Coordinator, African American Male Initiative, Sinclair Community College
  • Furaha Henry-Jones, English Professor, Sinclair Community College
  • Lynette Jones, Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University
  • Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education, University of Dayton

The moderator was Vick Mickunas, the host of WYSO’s Book Nook weekly radio program.

Project Partners included: One Book, Many Communities, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, WYSO, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Participating libraries include: Arcanum Public Library, Bradford Public Library, Brown Memorial Public Library, Cardington-Lincoln Public Library, Champaign County Library, Clark County Public Library, J. R. Clark Public Library, Edison State Community College, Greenville Public Library, Marvin Memorial Library, Milton-Union Public Library, New Carlisle Public Library, New Madison Public Library, Piqua Public Library, Selover Public Library, St. Paris Public Library, Tipp City Public Library, Tri-County North School District, Troy-Miami County Public Library, Worch Memorial Public Library and Wornstaff Memorial Public Library.

Selected response to the last question:
"Are any of you feeling hopeful?"

“At the end of the day, I do this because I know I can make a difference. And it’s the people I come in contact with who want to make a difference with me and and we do that work together. That for me [is] the hope because I see it – I see the glimmers in my children’s eyes as they think about what they are capable of, what what they want to accomplish, what we’ve instilled in them, what my parents instilled in me and my brother and my sister, and we see it in our children. … For me it’s the hope and and knowing that … I may not see it in my lifetime, but I’d like to think for my children and my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren, the work that we are doing and and the shoulders that we stand on … we can accomplish what we accomplish because of the people who came before us and they had hope.”

Tiffany Taylor Smith
University of Dayton

Back row from left to right:

Tiffany Taylor Smith: Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education, University of Dayton
Vick Mickunas: Host – Book Nook, WYSO
Bill Martino: Library Director, Clark County Public Library
Marc DeWitt: Coordinator, African American
Male Initiative, Sinclair Community College

Front row from left to right:

Drew Wichterman: Adult Services Librarian, Tipp City Public Library
Faheem Curtis-Khidr: History Professor, Sinclair Community College
Lynette Jones: Professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University
Furaha Henry-Jones: English Professor, Sinclair Community College