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Literary peace prize goes to Terkel

July 21, 2006|From the Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio — Studs Terkel has been awarded the first Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an outgrowth of the Dayton Peace Prize that commemorates the 1995 agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.

Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has also worked in radio and television, is known for interviewing people and telling their stories.

His books include "Working," in which Americans talk about their jobs; "Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession"; and "Coming of Age," recollections of men and women 70 and older.

"Certainly he has expressed his great pleasure in receiving the award," said Sharon Rab, chairwoman for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. "We are quite hopeful that if he is in good health that he will be here to receive the award."

Terkel, 94, will receive a lifetime achievement award Nov. 5.

The Dayton Peace Prize commemorates the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which were negotiated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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