Chang-Rae Lee, Wilbert Rideau win Ohio book prize

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 26 at 3:06 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A convict-journalist's prison memoir and a fictional epic woven from the Korean War are this year's winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Wilbert Rideau won the nonfiction award for "In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance." It recounts his life in Louisiana's Angola prison, where he spent more than four decades on a murder conviction and became a journalist and editor of an award-winning, crusading newsmagazine.

Chang-Rae Lee's "The Surrendered" follows lives scarred by war over a period of decades. The book was a Pulitzer Prize fiction finalist.

The winners each receive $10,000 and will be honored Nov. 13 in Dayton. The prize was inspired by the 1995 Bosnia peace accords negotiated near Dayton, and it celebrates literature's ability to promote peace and understanding.

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