“The Book of Night Women” Wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The 2010 Winner of the Dayton Literray Peace Prize is The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. The novel delves into the history of Jamaican slavery through the narration of Lilith, a half-black, half-white slave. The heart of the story is the complicated love affair between Lilith and Robert Quinn, an Irishman, and the story’s climax comes when the town breaks out in riots due to a slave rebellion.

The fiction runner-up prize went to The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a collection of 12 stories that center on what binds us together as people and as a global network.

Sharon Rab, the chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, wrote in a press release posted on the Dayton prize’s Web site that this year’s winners provide a deeper understanding of issues that are often only publically discussed by pundits or cable news talking heads.

“From religious discrimination and immigration to racism and xenophobia, this year’s winners tackle challenging issues which are too often debated with sound bites and rhetoric only,” Rab wrote. “With wisdom, grace, and humanity, these books deliver much-needed relief from the political discourse, offering light instead of heat, and hope rather than despair.”

James, this year’s fiction winner, wrote that to him the prize is a reminder that literature can cause readers to react and create change in their environment.

“It can be lonely, believing that books can still change how we think,” James wrote. “The Dayton Literary Peace Prize reminds us that the book is still our most eloquent tool to speak truth to power, and to bear witness to the good and not so good in human nature.”

This is wonderfull news. I’ve read this book and I truly recommend it. Furthermore it is real boost for the Caribbean literature.

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,October 18, 2010.

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