Writer Colm Toibin picks up US peace prize
Irish novelist, journalist and essayist Colm Toibin is this year's winner of a US lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials named Toibin, whose wide range of work has drawn from his native Ireland, his life as a gay man and his travels as an international journalist, for the Richard C Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.
It is named after the late US diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnia peace accords reached in Ohio.
Among Toibin's novels are The Master, depicting the life of the famed writer Henry James, and Brooklyn, a coming-of-age story about an Irish immigrant.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation co-chair Sharon Rab said Toibin's writings "remind us of shared humanity and the possibility of reconciliation or simply of understanding, which are the first steps to making peace".