Margaret Atwood has won the 2020 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, given by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to “writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.” Sharon Rab, founder and chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said,
In a career spanning more than half a century, Margaret Atwood continues to remind us that “it can’t happen here” cannot be depended upon; anything can happen anywhere given the right circumstances, and right now, with scorn for democratic institutions on the rise, her lessons are more vital than ever.
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize gala, originally scheduled for October 2020, has been postponed until 2021. The Holbrooke Award is “named in honor of the celebrated U.S. diplomat who played an instrumental role in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia.”
For more information, see the Dayton Literary Peace Prize website.
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