Dayton Literary Peace Prize Author Visit

  Dates & times
  • Fri, 11/11/2022 - 5:00pm
  Category Arts & Writing, Book Club
  Age Groups Adult, Teen


book cover the road from raqqa   portrait of Jordan Ritter Conn

Jordan Ritter Conn Author Visit
5-6 p.m. Friday November 11
In-Person Event made possible by a grant from the Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation.

Mr. Ritter Conn will be available to sign books following the event, however no books will be sold at the event. 

Wright Library kicks off a weekend of Dayton Literary Peace Prize celebrations with a visit from Jordan Ritter Conn, author of the 2021 DLPP Nonfiction Runner-up, The Road from Raqqa : A Story of Brotherhood, Borders, and Belonging. In this suspenseful work of narrative nonfiction, journalist Jordan Ritter Conn takes us smack into the middle of the Syrian civil war through the story of two brothers from a distinguished family in Raqqa, a small city on the northeast bank of the Euphrates. Both brothers have trained as lawyers, but there the resemblance ends. The elder is a risk-taker who lights out for the U.S. and becomes an American citizen; the younger is a traditionalist who, reluctant to leave the place his great-great-great-great grandfather settled in the 18th century, remains until ISIS finally forces his hand, at which point he leads his family in a harrowing escape by land and sea.

Jordan Ritter Conn is a staff writer for The Ringer. He previously worked at Grantland and ESPN: The Magazine, and he has written for The New York Times and Sports Illustrated. He is a two-time finalist for the Livingston Award, and his work has been cited or recognized by The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate.

Presented in Partnership with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Events include Dayton Literary Peace Prize : A Conversation with the Authors at Victoria Theater.