Palestine Book Awards 2014 honours diversity

07 November 2014

The third annual Palestine Book Awards, one of MEMO's flagship events, celebrated this year's publications on Palestine yesterday evening.

Seven books were shortlisted from the 22 entries in this year's competition. The admissions covered a range of genres including politics, poetry, memoirs and Palestinian cookery. Authors of the shortlisted books were awarded prizes.

And the 2014 winners are:

Regarding the variety of entries and authors, the chair of the judges Victoria Brittain said: "Last year the two prize winners made a big thing in their speeches about how the ownership of the Palestinian narrative must be Palestinian, so it is great that we had very, very good memoirs this year."

The event, held at a central London hotel, attracted leading figures from the political, academic and literary community. Attab Haddad, a renowned oud player, regaled guests with music from the Arab world.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr Salman Abu Sitta, a veteran Palestinian cartographer whose work has been invaluable in the protection of Palestinian memory and history.

"They took our geography - but we memorised it and preserved our history," Abu Sitta said during his acceptance speech.

Entries for the awards included books which were published between June 2013 and June 2014.

To submit a book for consideration for next year's ceremony, keep an eye on the Palestine Book Awards' website where the opening dates will be listed.

Photographer: Ihsan Abdullah


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Winners of the Palestine Book Awards

  • They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl's Fight for Freedom
  • I Sing From the Window of Exile
  • Imagining Palestine: Cultures of Exile and National Identity
  • Transnational Palestine: Migration and the Right of Return before 1948
  • Among the Almond Trees: A Palestinian Memoir
  • Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza
  • Tolerance Is a Wasteland: Palestine and the Culture of Denial
  • Reclaiming Humanity in Palestinian Hunger Strikes : Revolutionary Subjectivity and Decolonizing the Body
  • Psychoanalysis under occupation: practicing resistance in Palestine
  • Power born of dreams: my story is palestine
  • Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization
  • Sambac Beneath Unlikely Skies
  • Places of Mind: A life of Edward Said
  • Except for Palestine: The limits of progressive politics
  • A history of Palestinian Islamic Jihad: Faith, awareness, and revolution in the middle east
  • Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands
  • Against the Loveless World
  • The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017
  • Life in a Country Album
  •  There Where You Are Not