APNewsBreak: Author Erdrich wins Ohio peace prize

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 21:30 hrs

Author Louise Erdrich (URD'-rik) has been named winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award.

The writer chronicles contemporary Native American life, reflecting its mix of heritages and cultures.

Prize organizers announced the award first to The Associated Press.

The Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award honors writers whose body of work promotes peace and global understanding. It's named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Dayton peace accords on Bosnia.

Erdrich says she isn't a "peaceful" writer but rather a "troubled" one longing for peace. Her novels have explored sexual violence on a fictional Native American reservation.

An award organizer says Erdrich reminds readers the United States shares a history of violence, discrimination and neglect with other countries clashing over culture, religion and territorial claims.

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