Translation Rights  |  Oct 11, 2019

Eli Saslow wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2019

Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in the non-fiction category. The award recognises writers whose works promote peace, social justice and global understanding, and was named after the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian war in 1995.

Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred tells the true story of how a prominent white supremacist changed his views when he attended a liberal arts college, with The Washington Post calling it ‘essential reading for our political moment’.

On receiving the Prize, Saslow said: ‘What I appreciate most about my job as a reporter is it allows me a passport to spend time in places I wouldn’t otherwise go, with people I wouldn’t otherwise meet — and hopefully I get to take the reader along with me. That act feels even more essential at a time when Americans are increasingly isolated into our own bubbles by technology, by class, by ideology, and by geography. The best nonfiction journalism requires thorough investigation, but ultimately it is also an act of understanding, empathy, and peace.’