Nominate Your Favorite Peace Corps Writers Book of 2020
- The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award
- The Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award
- The Maria Thomas Fiction Award
- The Award for Best Peace Corps Memoir
- The Award for Best Book of Poetry
- The Award for Best Short Story Collection
- The Award for Best Travel Book
- The Rowland Scherman Award for Best Photography Book
- The Marian Haley Beil Award for the Best Book Review
- The Award for Best Children’s Book about a Peace Corps Country
Submit your favorite book(s) published in 2020. Send your selection(s) to John Coyne: firstname.lastname@example.org
List what award your selection should be given.
The awards will be announced in August 2021. Thank you.
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Non-fiction accounts of Peace Corps incidents risk being undertaken to air either air dirty laundry or clean laundry. Not so Peter Reid’s “Every Hill A Burial Place,” a scrupulously researched revisiting of the controversial death of a volunteer in Tanzania, 1966. Focusing on the in-country trial of the deceased’s husband, Reid, himself a lawyer, remains judicious throughout as his narrative unfolds in a fraught political context.
‘Every Hill A Burial Place’ is an engaging account of the 1966 murder case with the tragic events leading up to it involving Peace Corps teachers in newly independent Tanzania. Peter Reid who was there and knew those involved portrays the complicated circumstances of the unfortunate event, gathered during more than half a century since, bringing his considerable forensic expertise and narrative ability to sorting out and recasting the complex details of the lingering mystery.