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Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award

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

2005
The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity-Industrial Complex
by Maureen Orth
     (Colombia 1964–66)
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2004
Glory in the Camel's Eye
2004 Award Winner
Nine Hills to Nambonkaha:
Two Years in the Heart of an African Village

by Sarah Erdman
     (Cote D’Ivoire 1998–00)
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2003

2003 Award Winner
Power Lines:
Two Years on South Africa’s Borders

by Jason Carter
     (South Africa 1998
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2002

2002 Award Winner
River Town:
Two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler
     (China 1996–98)
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2001

2001 Award Winner
Blood of the Liberals
George Packer
     (Togo 1982–83)
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2000

2000 Award Winner
Mango Elephants in the Sun:
How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin

Susana Herrera
     (Cameroon 1992-94)
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1999

1999 Award Winner
An Inn Near Kyoto:
Writing by American Women Abroad
Kathleen Coskran
     (Ethiopia 1965–67)
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1998

1998 Award Winner
The Last Camel:
True Stories About Somalia
Jeanne D'haem
     (Somalia 1968–70)
(Buy this book)

1997

1997 Award Winner
Amazon Stranger:
A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil

Mike Tidwell
     (Zaire 1985–87)
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1996
   Out of Isak Dinesen in Africa:
The Untold Story
Linda Donelson
     (Cameroon 1965–66, Ghana 1966–67)
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1995
   Harmattan:
A Journey Across the Sahara

Geraldine Kennedy
     (Liberia 1962–64)
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1994
   Portrait of Nepal
Kevin Bubriski
     (Nepal 1975–79)
(Buy this book)
1993
   Death without Weeping:
The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
     (Brazil 1964–66)
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1992
   The Edge of Paradise:
America in Micronesia
P. F. Kluge
     (Micronesia 1968–69)
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1991
   The Ponds of Kalambayi
Mike Tidwell
     (Zaire 1985–87)
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1990
   For his collected works
Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965–67)
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