The winners of the 2017 Arab American Book Awards have been announced, with well-known authors Rabih Alameddine (fiction), Hayan Charara (poetry), and Steven Salaita (nonfiction) taking three of the top awards:
The fourth award, for children’s and young adult literature, went to pediatric nurse and first-time children’s author Michelle Chalfoun for The Treasure of Maria Mamoun.
The awards — sponsored by the Arab American National Museum — will be presented at a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the museum, which is in Dearborn, Michigan.
A complete list of winners and honorable mentions:
WINNER: Fiction Award
The Angel of History
By Rabih Alameddine
HONORABLE MENTION: Fiction
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
By Mona Awad
WINNER: Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award
Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine
By Steven Salaita
HONORABLE MENTION: Non-Fiction
Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt
By Hanan Hammad
WINNER: George Ellenbogen Poetry Award
By Hayan Charara
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Poetry
One Hundred Hungers
By Lauren Camp
By Mohja Kahf
WINNER: Children/Young Adult
The Treasure of Maria Mamoun
By Michelle Chalfoun
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Children/Young Adult
The Three Lucys
By Hayan Charara (author) and Sara Kahn (illustrator)
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
By Ibtisam Barakat
A call for submissions for the 2018 awards will be issued in December 2017. More about all the books at the Arab American National Museum website.
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I think Michelle Chalfoun has written 2 books for adults, so she’s not really a debut author. This is her first children’s book. See https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=michelle+chalfoun
Ahh sorry about that.
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