Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Awards

THE PAUL COWAN NON-FICTION AWARD, first given 1990, 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: A Dialogue with Experience about his time 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 —

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The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World
Steven Radelet (Samoa 1981–83)

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2015

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

 

2014
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The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption
Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1964–66)

 

2013
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The Springs of Name:
A Ten-Year Journey from the Villages of Nepal to the Halls of Congress
Rafeev Goyal (Nepal 2001–03)

 

2012

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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)

 

2011
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Faith, Interrupted: A Spiritual Journey
Eric Lax (Micronesia 1966–68)

 

2010

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Madness Under the Royal Palms
Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach
Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1964–66)

 

2009

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The Last Days of Old Beijing:
Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed
Michael Meyer China 1995–97)

 

2008unheard-100The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafeness and Africa

Josh Swiller (Zambia 1994–96)

 

2007
monique-mangoMonique and the Mango Rains
Kris Holloway (Mali 1989–91)

 

2006
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Last Moon Dancing: A Memoir of Love and Real Life In Africa
Monique Maria Schmidt (Benin 1998–2000)

 

2005
importance-beingThe Importance of Being Famous:
Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex
Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964–66)

 

2004nine-hills100Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village

Sarah Erdman (Cote D’Ivoire 1998–00)

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2003
power-linesPower Lines: Two Years on South Africa’s Borders
Jason Carter (South Africa 1998–2000)

 

2002
rivertown-100River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler (China 1996–98)

 

2001
blood-liberalsBlood of the Liberals
George Packer (Togo 1982–83)

 

2000
mango-elephantsMango Elephants in the Sun:
How Life in an African Village
 Let Me Be in My Skin

Susana Herrera (Cameroon 1992-94)

 

1999
inn-near-kyotoAn Inn Near Kyoto: Writing by American Women Abroad
Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 1965–67), editor with C. W. Truesdale

 

1998
last-camelThe Last Camel: True Stories About Somalia
Jeanne D’haem (Somalia 1968–70)

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1997
amazon-strangerAmazon Stranger: A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil
Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985–87)

 

1996
out-isak-dinesenOut of Isak Dinesen in Africa: Karen Blixen’s Untold Story
Linda Donelson (Cameroon 1965–66, Ghana 1966–67)

 

1995
harmattenHarmattan: A Journey Across the Sahara
Geraldine Kennedy (Liberia 1962–64)

 

1994

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Portrait of Nepal
Kevin Bubriski (Nepal 1975–79)

 

1993

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

 

1992
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The Edge of Paradise: America in Micronesia
P. F. Kluge (Micronesia 1968–69)

 

1991
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The Ponds of Kalambayi
Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985–87)

 

1990
For his collected works, including
Living Poor — A Peace Corps Chronicle
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Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965–67)

 


 

Awards are presented to books published during the previous year.
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