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.

The winners are —

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

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