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.
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