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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Barbara Kingsolver Wins Literary Peace Prize

Author Barbara Kingsolver will receive the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, formerly known as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement, on Nov. 13, reports the Associated Press ("Ohio Literature Award Renamed for Holbrooke," Aug. 2, 2011). The award was originally named for the 1995 Dayton peace accords on Bosnia held near the Ohio city and brokered by negotiator Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke died in December 2010. The $10,000 prize is supported by corporations, schools, arts groups and private donors.

“I love that the organization is honoring this sort of higher value of literature to create empathy,” Kingsolver told the AP. “You can't bang anyone over the head with a stick and make peace; you only do so by convincing people that strangers' lives are valid and equal to their own; that's what literature does.”

Kingsolver, who now lives in southwestern Virginia, is the author of such bestselling novels as The Bean Trees (1988), Pigs in Heaven (1993) and The Poisonwood Bible (1998). Her nonfiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007) also topped bestseller lists.

Some other books by Kingsolver include:

The Lacuna (2009)

Small Wonder (2002)

Prodigal Summer (2000)

High Tide in Tuscon: Essays From Now or Never (1995)

Animal Dreams (1990)

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