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Nagasaki Wins DLPP

I’m honored to have again served as a judge for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an award that honors not just good writing but writing for a good cause. Ruben Martinez and I were handed six strong finalists, but ultimately, Susan Southard’s powerful Nagasaki blew us away with its meticulous reporting and devastating narrative. It’s a powerful book that is timely not just because the 50-year anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs just passed, but because it provides compelling evidence of how horrible humankind can be to itself — and why we can’t let power get into the wrong hands.

I was also happy to see my former Village Voice colleague James Hannaham was the runner-up for the fiction award. (I only judged the non-fiction category.)

Below is the press release for the winners and finalists. Continue reading

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