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Naomi Shihab Nye: 2012 Arab American Book Award 'Honorable Mention'!

Naomi Shihab NyeTransfer More news for Naomi Shihab Nye's Transfer! The Arab American National Museum (AANM) will honor Nye with the 2012 Arab American Book Award's "Honorable Mention for Poetry" on Saturday, September 29th in Dearborn, Michigan. The AANM, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit human services and cultural organization committed to the preservation and presentation of Arab American history, culture, and contributions. Their unique national literary competition was created to draw attention to books "that preserve and advance the understanding, knowledge, and resources of the Arab American community by celebrating the thoughts and lives of Arab Americans. The purpose of the Award is to inspire authors, educate readers and foster a respect and understanding of the Arab American culture." The competition is judged in three categories (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) by selected readers nationwide. Nye's Transfer was recognized for its "lucid, crisp lyricism" that summons Nye's own Palestinian heritage, family deaths, and the cultural diversity in her Texas hometown, exploring the meaning behind the "transfers" and exchanges of our daily life.  The award serves as a recognition of Nye's continued celebration of Arab American culture, reflected previously in the selection of her collection Honeybee by AANM for the 2009 Children/Young Adults category. In addition to celebrating the 2012 winners, the AANM award ceremony in September will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for his bold reporting and coverage in the Middle East. More information on Nye and the 2012 award winners can be accessed here. For more information about Naomi Shihab Nye you can view her BOA profile. Don't forget to pick up your copy of Transfer and other Nye works from the BOA bookstore!
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