Palestine Book Awards 2020: Shortlist Announced

18 June 2020

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is pleased to announce the books shortlisted for its 2020 Palestine Book Awards. This prestigious event, now in its ninth year, is an annual project that honours and celebrates books in English about Palestine. It is, equally, an attempt to encourage authors and publishers to produce more books on Palestine. 2020 has been another successful year with a total of 38 books submitted for consideration. The shortlist winners selected by the judges have added to the diversity of submissions and genres featuring the Palestinian narrative.

The 2020 shortlisted authors are:

  • Susan Abulhawa
    Against the Loveless World (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • Finbarr Barry Flood - Editor
    There Where You Are Not: Selected Writings of Kamal Boullata (Hirmer Verlag, Munich)
  • Nathalie Handal
    Life in a Country Album (University Of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Rashid Khalidi
    The hundred years' war on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 (Metropolitan Books/henry Holt & Company)
  • Sahar Khalifeh – Author
    Sawad Hussain - Translator
  • Passage to the Plaza (Seagull Books)
  • Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
    Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding (Cambridge University Press)
  • Gardner Thompson
    Legacy of Empire: Britain, Zionism and the Creation of Israel (Saqi Books)

Our panel of Judges this year are:

Haifa Zangana - an Iraqi novelist and author

Ibrahim Darwish  - Journalist with Al-Hiwar TV

Alan Waddams - Former chairman of Medical Aid for Palestinians

Subhi Hadidi - Literary critic and political commentator

Nur Masalha - Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS

Victoria Brittain - Former associate foreign editor of the The Guardian

Our panel of judges would also like to recommend the following book submitted this year:

  • Rifk Ebeid
    Baba, what does my name mean?

The winners will be announced in November as usual.

MEMO offers its heartiest congratulations to the finalists and gratitude to all those who have submitted their work for consideration and to the judges.

All queries on books and authors should be directed to [email protected]

Past Winners

  • The Parisan
  • Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine
  • Stone Men: The Palestinians who built Israel
  • Nabil Anani: Palestine, Land and People
  • Where the Bird Disappeared
  • In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood
  • Balfour in the Dock: J.M.N. Jeffries & the Case for the Prosecution
  • Brothers Apart: Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Arab world
  • The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre
  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation