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The 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Runner-Up in Fiction: In Pachinko (Grand Central), Min Jin Lee brings the historical sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy to the saga of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who, exiled from a homeland they never knew, fight to control their destinies in 20th-centuryJapan. As they encounter both catastrophes and great joy, the novel’s exceptional protagonists confront enduring questions of faith, family, and identity. Lee said: “The world is broken because we do not love enough. War, peace, and art require at least three elements: imagination, will, and action – and ironically, all three are enacted because men and women feel love. This is the central paradox – we love – the other, self, family, faith, or nation – and we use that love – of something, or someone, for anything – to justify our violence, compromises, and creation. We know that peace is far more difficult than war or art, because peace requires both forgiveness and restraint; so somehow, we must learn to love peace far more than war. If literature bears witness to true narrative and if it awakens compassion, reconciliation may indeed be possible. Where men and women have failed to love, literature may inspire greater love for all those we’d once thought we feared or hated. I write fiction because I believe that our love can refine our worse nature. I am deeply honored to join the Dayton Literary Peace Prize family of writers as we pursue our collective call toward global peace.”

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RECOGNIZING THE POWER OF LITERATURE TO PROMOTE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION, DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2018 FINALISTS IN FICTION & NONFICTION Shortlist includes Sing, ,Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates; Winners to be honored at gala ceremony on October 28th Dayton, OH (August 14, 2018) – Recognizing the power of literature to promote peace and reconciliation, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation today announced the finalists for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction. Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, justice, and global understanding. This year’s winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in Dayton on October 28th.

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“History is the record of human imagination, will and decisions. I cannot imagine a greater team than the women and men of Apple, Media Res, William Morris Entertainment and the brilliant showrunner, Soo Hugh, to translate Pachinko, a novel of history, into a visual story for a global audience,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am honored by their faith and feel confident of their powerful and ground-breaking vision in making history anew.”

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Throughout 2018 – the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass – The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives are honoring 200 individuals whose modern-day work best embodies Douglass’s enduring legacy of social change. The Guardian is publishing the names of all 200 honorees – 10 each week – between now and November. Here, Christopher Petrella, director of advocacy and strategic partnerships at The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, speaks to one of the honorees, Min Jin Lee.

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This week, I’ve got a literary recommendation that lines up with our joy and wonder theme, sort of. It’s “Pachinko,” the novel by Min Jin Lee, which chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the runup to World War II and beyond. It doesn’t sound like fun, but our critics selected it as one of best books of 2017 and there’s a humanity and warmth to the story, writing and characters that makes it feel like a cozy warm blanket (as my very smart wife put it). I’m not quite finished yet, but I agree. It’s a family saga more about human connections than history, even as conflict and occupation intervene.

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An Interview with PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown. Part I.

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“The Frederick Douglass 200 is a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass across those areas where he had such an impact - abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.”

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