The 2008 Award Winners
Publisher Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 196264) and I are pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Peace Corps Writers Awards for books published during 2007. The winning books and authors are:
Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award
The Unheard A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
by Josh Swiller (Zambia 199496)
Maria Thomas Fiction Award
by Peter Chilson (Niger 198587)
Award for Best Poetry Book
What Kills What Kills Us
by Kurt S. Olsson (Kyrgyzstan 1996-98)
Award for Best Travel Writing
City of Light, City of Dark Exploring Paris Below
by Valerie (Piotrowski) Broadwell (Morocco 1981-83)
Awards for Best Children’s Writing
by Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso 197577)
by James Rumford (Chad 197174, Afghanistan 197475)
Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award
“Second Time Around” Peace Corps Writers 9/07
by Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 196567)
Winners receive a special citation and cash awards from Peace Corps Writers, an Associate Member of the National Peace Corps Association. Our congratulations to all the winners and all the RPCVs who published books in 2007.
Dog Days of Summer
In the middle of Global Warming we have the most book reviews published in a single issue of Peace Corps Writers. In this issue there are 13 new reviews!
We also have a list of 14 new books by RPCVs. (Global Warming cannot stop these RPCVs from writing their way around the world.)
We have another of our author interviews, this time with Ray Leki (Nepal 1979-81) who just published Travel Wise: How to Be Safe, Savvy, and Secure Abroad. (For all those Peace Corps writers writing their way around the world.)
We also spoke to Jaimie Quaglino, curator at the Kennedy Library for the Peace Corps Collection. Read this interview and make your contribution to this important collection.
There is also Literary Type with news of literary awards won by RPCVs, as well as gossip galore, and poems from two of our poets.
Go get yourself a cool drink, a shady spot, and Read On!