Dayton Literary Peace Prize names distinguished achievement award recipient

Wendell Berry named 2013 Holbrooke Award Winner

Wendell Berry, the novelist, essayist, poet, farmer and activist, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

The honor is being given by The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the only international peace prize awarded in the United States. It will be presented at a gala ceremony in Dayton on Nov. 3, 2013.

Berry is a full-time farmer who has written more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry “that explore themes of community, conservation and the quiet power of living a simple and slower life.”

Last year’s winner of the Holbrooke Award, Tim O’Brien, will present the award to Berry. Finalists for the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize will be announced in mid-August.