HBKU Press novel wins International Book Awards
24 May 2017 - 23:21
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) announced that the critically-acclaimed novel, Bitter Almonds written by Lilas Taha, has been announced Winner in the “Fiction: Multicultural” category of the 2017 International Book Awards (IBA). There were over 1,500 entries this year in the various categories of the award, which is in its 8th annual year.
The IBA, which is sponsored by the American Book Fest, highlights a wide variety of outstanding literary fiction and non-fiction works that are the best in their categories.
“I'm honoured and thankful for this prestigious award,” said Lilas Taha. “The trials of the Palestinian diaspora provided motivation for my story, Bitter Almonds. I wrote the novel hoping to touch readers' hearts and convey a message of respect. With this international recognition, it gives me great pleasure to learn that I helped shine a needed light on the struggles of innocent refugees, and bring a measure of attention to the plight of Palestinians.”
“Lilas Taha is an extremely talented author, whose work we are proud to publish at HBKU Press,” said Rodolphe A Boughaba, Acting Executive Director of HBKU Press. “This book has successfully brought a contemporary crisis to the forefront of the literary world, in a way that humanizes the refugee crisis and makes it tangible to anyone around the world. Taha’s gift in developing characters with compassion and very real emotions appeals to both young and adult readers.”
Set in Damascus, Syria, in the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 1970s, Bitter Almonds follows the coming-of-age of two young refugees as they encounter political turmoil and personal sacrifice.