Finalists were named for the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, “celebrating the power of literature to promote peace and nonviolence.” A winner and runner-up in fiction and nonfiction will be announced September 22, and honored at a ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, November 8.
The shortlist includes:


Say You’re One of Them, by Uwen Akpan
Peace, by Richard Bausch
The Plague of Doves , by Louise Erdrich
Beijing Coma , by Ma Jian
Telex from Cuba , by Rachel Kushner
Song Yet Sung , by James McBride


Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker
Dust from our Eyes: An Unblinkered Look at Africa by Joan Baxter
Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
Writing in the Dark by David Grossman
My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Father’s Past by Ariel Sabar
A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery by Benjamin Skinner
The Great Experiment by Strobe Talbott

Read more about this prize here.