The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove/Atlantic) and Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard (Penguin Books) are winners of the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and nonfiction, respectively.
The runners-up are, for fiction, Delicious Foods by James Hannaham (Little, Brown), and for nonfiction, Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Odede (Ecco).
Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said, "This year's winners remind us that the effects of war reverberate many years and often many generations after treaties are signed. Together, these stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Susan Southard offer cautionary tales but also guideposts to lead us toward a greater understanding of those who are originally seen as enemies."
The winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, on November 20.