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September 2011
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Wangari Maathai Passes Away at 71

Mathaii

Nobel Peace Laureate, environmentalist, and political activist Wangari Maathai passed away in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend. Maathai is best known for her work with the Green Belt Movement, founded in 1977, which sought to plant trees across Kenya in an effort provide jobs for women and to fight soil erosion and produce sustainable fuel. A constant force in Kenyan politics and affairs, Maathai served in parliament from 2003-2008 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." Her most recent books Replenishing the Earth and The Challenge for Africa address her concerns for both the environment and society at large and offer realistic options to those trying to promote real change in Africa and around the world.

Rashid Khalidi Appears on Fareed Zakariah "GPS"

Philip Levine

Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Iron Cage, a history of the Palestinian search to establish a state, continues to offer scholars and media alike an informed context for the current UN debate about Palestinian statehood. Most recently, Khalidi appeared on CNN's Fareed Zakariah "GPS" to discuss this issue along with the Council on Foreign Relations' Elliott Abrams. You can watch his appearance by clicking here.

In Brief
Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending, Carol Birch's Jamrach's Menagerie, and A. D. Miller's Snowdrops have all been shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Man Booker Prize is awarded each year to "the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland" and comes with a £50,000 award. The winner will be announced on October 18th, 2011.
Daughters of the Revolution, by Carolyn Cooke, The History of History, by Ida Hattemer-Higgins, and Lamb, by Bonnie Nadzam have all made the shortlist for The Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, awarded to each year to best debut novelist. The award comes with a $10,000 prize. Finalists were also announced for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, Wilbert Rideau's In the Place of Justice, and Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns are all being considered for the award which celebrates "the power of literature to promote peace." Winners in both Fiction and Non-Fiction will receive a $10,000 honorarium.
James Salter, author of Light Years and Burning the Days has been named the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story with this years judges praising Salter as "the most stylish and grave and exact of writers." The Rea Award is "given annually to a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made a 'significant contribution in the discipline of the short story as an art form'" and was created in an effort to recognize "originality and influence on the genre" instead of an author's collection of stories or entire body of work.

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