Palestine Book Awards 2017 - Shortlist Announced

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13 June 2017

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is pleased to announce the books shortlisted for its 2017 Palestine Book Awards.

This prestigious event, now in its sixth 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.

2017 has been another successful year with a total of 41 books submitted for consideration. The shortlist winners selected by the judges have added to the diversity of submissions and genres featuring the Palestinian narrative.

View the press release in Arabic

The 2017 shortlisted authors are:

This year, the judges are:

The winners will be announced on the evening of the Awards dinner, which will be held on Friday 24 November, at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel. There will also be an evening with the shortlisted authors at the P21 Gallery on November 23 chaired by Professor Eugene Rogan (St Anthony's College, Oxford).

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 Yasmina Allouche on 020 8838 0231 or to the publishers.

The 2017 Shortlist

  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • Code Name: Butterfly
  • The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
  • The Oslo Accords
  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

Past Winners

  • 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
  • The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
  •  The Battle for Justice in Palestine
  • Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile
  • The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948