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Geraldine Brooks scoops literary peace award

20th August 2010

Historical novelist Geraldine Brooks has been named as the recipient of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

Brooks covered conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans for the Wall Street Journal for several years before moving into historical fiction with novels such as Year of Wonders and the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning March.

The writer will receive the USD 10,000 (GBP 6,400) prize at an awards ceremony held on November 7th in Dayton, Ohio.

Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said the author's background as a journalist allows her to create unique characters and plots that highlight the importance of peace.

'Most people are sheltered from the horrors of war, but Brooks reveals to her readers what their political leaders try to hide - the ugly realities of conflict and its destructive effects even on those far from the frontlines,' she commented.

Founded in honour of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, the prize recognises literature's power to promote peace and social understanding.

In 2009, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn were handed the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
 

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