Thursday, March 29, 2007

Kiriyama Prize 2007

Each year, the Kiriyama Prize is awarded to the best two books, both fiction and nonfiction, that represent the many cultures and countries along the Pacific Rim and South Asia. If you would like a little geography lesson, please consult this map from the organization's web site. The judges have cast their vote for 2007! The fiction prize belongs to the darling of book critics everywhere, Mr. Haruki Murakami, for his short story collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. If you'd like, you can read my book review from last year. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations -- One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson, won the nonfiction prize. In this book, he described the amazing and sometimes dangerous feat of building over 50 schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. You can click on the title or the book cover to check our libraries for availability.

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