March 28, 2006

Some good news from Iraq.

Baghdad BurningRiverbend, who writes the blog Baghdad Burning, is one of 19 authors whose books have been longlisted for the BBC's Samuel Johnson prize for Nonfiction. That prize is worth 30,000/US$52,394 to the winner.

Riverbend is an anonymous 26-year-old resident of Baghdad, who has been blogging about life in Iraq since shortly after the US-led invasion of her country. Whenever something im important happens in Iraq, it's the first place this magpie checks to see really going on. The first year of Riverbend's posts were collected into the book, Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq, which won immediate acclaim in the US and UK. Last year, the book won third place in the Lettre Ulysse prize for Reportage [see this earlier post at Magpie].

The full longlist for the Samuel Johnson prize is here.

Via UK Independent.

Posted by Magpie at March 28, 2006 11:11 AM | Iraq | Technorati links |