Michael Ondaatje has been named a fiction finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his novel The Cat’s Table.
The annual award, established in 2006 and based in the U.S., honours authors who have used the written word to promote peace in fiction and non-fiction. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 cash prize.
The Cat’s Table (Knopf Canada) tells the tale of one man’s unforgettable sea voyage from Sri Lanka to London.
The winners will be announced Nov. 11 at a ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio. The other finalists are:
- Nanjing Requiem, Ha Jin (Pantheon Books)
- Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)
- Shards, Ismet Prcic (Grove Atlantic)
- The Grief of Others, Leah Hager Cohen (Riverhead)
- The Sojourn, Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press)
- A Train in Winter, Caroline Moorehead (HarperCollins)
- Day of Honey, Annia Ciezadlo (Free Press)
- Mighty Be Our Powers, Leymah Gbowee (The Perseus Books Group)
- To End All Wars, Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- What Is It Like to Go to War, Karl Marlantes (Grove/Atlantic)