It is that time of year now; the 2nd MEMO Palestine Book Awards evening will take place in mid-November, where the authors, publishers, academics and literary minds will gather together to celebrate works on Palestine. An international book awards, the evening will include an address by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Professor Richard Falk and a special prize-giving ceremony.
In the run up to the awards night, we will have a two part series of articles from two of the participants in this year's book awards – an article by guest judge Dr Peter Clark and an interview with one of the authors that have been shortlisted, Jean Said Makdisi*.
Furthermore, on Thursday 31st October, MEMO will be hosting a Book Awards pre-launch, with Lori Allen, author of the shortlisted book "The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine" at the P21 Gallery; a chance for people to discuss the themes in her book and her thought processes behind writing it in the first place.
*Jean Makdisi is an independent writer and researcher, having authored Beirut Fragments: A War Memoir (1990) and Teta, Mother and Me: Three Generations of Arab Women (2005). She contributed to the shortlisted book "Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home". For a full list of the finalists please click here.