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Free Samples of the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

Andrew Krivak has won the $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction for The Sojourn and Adam Hochschild took the $10,000 prize for nonfiction for To End All Wars. 

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation also picked two runners-up: Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin and Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo. All the winners will be celebrated at a ceremony hosted by journalist Nick Clooneyin Dayton on November 11th.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the books named as finalists for the prestigious prize.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winners’ Memoirs

Author and West African activist Leymah Gbowee, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Yemeni activist Tawukul Karman all shared the Nobel Peace Prize today.

If you want to learn more about Gbowee, Beast Books recently published her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers. HarperCollins published Sirleaf’s memoir, This Child Will Be Great.

Here’s more about Gbowee’s memoir: “In 1999 she was introduced to a fledgling network of women working to bring peace and social justice to West Africa. She quickly discovered a focus for her talents—and a way to fight against the war that threatened to destroy her. In a dream, almost a religious vision, she heard a voice telling her quite clearly to ‘gather the women to pray for peace.’ The result was the creation of the country’s first Christian-Muslim alliance, which eventually grew into the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a nonviolent women’s protest movement that helped end the dictatorship of Charles Taylor and the war. Gbowee has become famous for her role in persuading thousands of ordinary women to dress all in white and demonstrate day after day, month after month, for an end to the fighting.”