FIRST GIVEN IN 1990, the Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award was named to honor Paul Cowan, a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ecuador from 1966 to 1967. Cowan wrote The Making of An Un-American about his experiences as a Volunteer in Latin America in the ’60s. A longtime activist and political writer for The Village Voice, Cowan died of leukemia in 1988.

Awards are presented to books published during the previous year.
To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, click on the book cover or the bold book title — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance that will help support these annual writers awards.

The winners are —

2015

outpost
Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
Christopher Hill (Cameroon 1974–76)

O

2014

price-justice

The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption
Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1964–66)

O

2013

springs-namje

The Springs of Namje
A Ten-Year Journey from the Villages of Nepal to the Halls of Congress

Rafeev Goyal (Nepal 2001–03)

O

2012

african-american-odyssey

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell:
The Life and Times of a South Carolina Slave Who Returned to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland

Kevin Lowther (Sierra Leone 1963–65)

O

2011

faith-interrupted

Faith, Interrupted: A Spiritual Journey
Eric Lax (Micronesia 1966–68)

O

2010

maddnessroyalpalms

Madness Under the Royal Palms
Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach

Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1964–66)

O

2009

last-days-beijing
The Last Days of Old Beijing:
Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

Michael Meyer China 1995–97)

O

2008

unheard-100

The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafeness and Africa
Josh Swiller (Zambia 1994–96)

2007

monique-mango
Monique and the Mango Rains

Kris Holloway (Mali 1989–91)

O

2006

last-moon-dancing
Last Moon Dancing: A Memoir of Love and Real Life In Africa
Monique Maria Schmidt (Benin 1998–2000)

O

2005

importance-being

The Importance of Being Famous:
Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex

Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964–66)

O

2004

nine-hills100

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village
Sarah Erdman (Cote D’Ivoire 1998–00)

O

2003

power-lines

Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa’s Borders
Jason Carter (South Africa 1998–2000)

O

2002

rivertown-100

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler (China 1996–98)

O

2001

blood-liberals

Blood of the Liberals
George Packer (Togo 1982–83)

O

2000

mango-elephants

Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village
Let Me Be in My Skin

Susana Herrera (Cameroon 1992-94)

O

1999

inn-near-kyoto

An Inn Near Kyoto: Writing by American Women Abroad
Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 1965–67), editor with C. W. Truesdale

O

1998

last-camel

The Last Camel: True Stories About Somalia
Jeanne D’haem (Somalia 1968–70)

O

1997

amazon-stranger

Amazon Stranger: A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil
Mike Tidwell  (Zaire 1985–87)

O

1996

out-isak-dinesen

Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa: Karen Blixen’s Untold Story
Linda Donelson (Cameroon 1965–66, Ghana 1966–67)

O

1995

harmatten

Harmattan: A Journey Across the Sahara
Geraldine Kennedy (Liberia 1962–64)

1994

portrait-nepal

Portrait of Nepal
Kevin Bubriski (Nepal 1975–79)

O

1993

death-without-weeping

Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Brazil 1964–66)

O

1992

edge-paradise

The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia
P. F. Kluge (Micronesia 1968–69)

O

1991

pondsofkalambayi

The Ponds of Kalambayi
Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985–87)

O

1990

For his collected works
Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965–67)

o

To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, click on the book cover or the bold book title
— and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance
that will help support these annual writers awards.