The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced the finalists for its 2012 awards Wednesday. The prizes, which are awarded in fiction and nonfiction in conjunction with the Dayton Peace Prize, are given annually to work that "uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding."
Six finalists have been named in fiction and five in nonfiction. Michael Ondaatje, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel "The English Patient," which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film, is among the 2012 fiction finalists for his novel "The Cat's Table."
Adam Hochschild's "To End All Wars" is among the nonfiction finalists. The history, which uses the narratives of both critics and generals to tell the history of World War I, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle nonfiction prize.
The fiction finalists also include Jesmyn Ward, whose novel "Salvage the Bones" about a poor Mississippi family in the path of Hurricane Katrina, won the National Book Award. "Katrina! Katrina silenced me for two years," the Mississippi native told The Times in April. "I didn't realize until afterwards, until I climbed up out of that hole and began writing 'Salvage the Bones,' that it had done that to me."