For five decades now, author and activist Wendell Berry has explored the themes of conservation, community and simple living from his farm in his native Kentucky. The author of more than 50 books has received a lot of recognition along the way — including the National Humanities Medal, which he received from President Barack Obama in 2011 — and now he has one more to add to the list. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced this week that Berry will be the recipient of this year’s Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, named after the peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia in 1995, recognizes literary achievements that promote peace, social justice and understanding. Previous winners of the distinguished achievement award — named after the diplomat who had an important role in the 1995 accords — include Studs Terkel, Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver and Tim O’Brien.
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