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Dayton Literary Peace Prizes awarded

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The winners of the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced: Richard Bausch won the fiction category for his novel (appropriately entitled Peace), while Benjamin Skinner's A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face With Modern Day Slavery took honors for nonfiction.

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The runners up: the short story collection Say You're One of Them by Nigerian author Uwem Akpan (which was chosen as the Oprah's Book Club selection) and Thomas Friedman's nonfiction work Hot, Flat and Crowded.

The winners earn a $10,000 honorarium (with runners-up getting $1,000), and Skinner has announced he will donate his award to the human rights organization Free the Slaves.

Last year's winners were Junot Diaz (The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and Edwidge Danticat (Brother, I'm Dying).

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