Palestine Book Awards 2018: Shortlist Announced

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28 June 2018

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is pleased to announce the books shortlisted for its 2018 Palestine Book Awards. This prestigious event, now in its seventh 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. 2018 has been another successful year with a total of 44 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 2018 shortlisted authors are:

Our panel of Judges this year are:

Haifa Zangana - an Iraqi novelist and author

Ibrahim Darwish - Journalist with Al-Hiwar TV

Alan Waddams - Chairman of Medical Aid for Palestinians

Subhi Hadidi - Literary critic and political commentator

Jamil Sherif -  A community organiser at the Muslim Council of Britain and writer

The winners will be announced on the evening of the Awards dinner, which will be held on Friday 16 November, at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel. There will also be an evening with the shortlisted authors at the P21 Gallery on November 15.

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

  • Mathew Vickery
    Employing the Enemy, The story of Palestinian labourers on Israeli settlements. (Zed Books)

  • Mahmoud Shukair
    Jerusalem stands alone (Syracuse University Press)

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

  • 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