Middle East Monitor will host the Palestine Book Awards tomorrow to highlight and honour the best published books on the topic of Palestine.
Three books will be awarded the Academic Award, Memoir Award and the Creative Prize. While the Lifetime Achievement Award will be also be granted for continued work to improve people’s understanding of the plight of Palestinians.
Some 45 English language books published on the topic of Palestine were submitted for consideration for this year’s awards. Nine have been shortlisted and eight of the authors will be attending both the Pre-Launch Evening and the awards ceremony in London.
The Pre-Launch Evening is an intimate gathering during which authors can discuss their work and audience members can attain a greater insight into literature on Palestine, is open to the public and will be held at the P21 Gallery in Euston.
Chaired by Director of Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College Professor Eugene Rogan, the evening will host:
- Ibtisam Barakat, who wrote “Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine”
- Ahlam Bsharat, author of “Code Name: Butterfly”
- Björn Brenner, who wrote “Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance”
- Ella Shohat, author of “On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements”
- Ilan Pappé, who wrote “The Biggest Prison on Earth: A history of the Occupied Territories”
- Samia Halaby, author of “Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre”
- Laila Parsons, who wrote “The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948”
- Petter Bauck and Mohammed Omer, who authored “The Oslo Accord”
The awards ceremony will be held tomorrow in a central London hotel.
The Palestine Book Awards started in 2012 to honour, commemorate, and recognise the best authored works on the subject of Palestine. Since then, it has grown ever more influential and popular, with the number of submissions growing significantly.
All of the shortlisted books will be on sale at both events.