Sep 14, 2020
By Christine Ross
Margaret Atwood has won a lifetime achievement award that celebrates literature’s power to foster peace, justice and understanding.
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize announced that the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments is this year’s winner of the Richard C Holbrooke distinguished achievement award. It’s named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnian peace accords reached in the Ohio city. The 80-year old Atwood is a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays and comic books.
Dayton literary peace prize founder Sharon Rab praised Atwood’s popularity with writing that also educates people about pressing social justice and environmental issues.