Baghdad Burning, the riveting blog written by Riverbend, a twenty-something Iraqi woman living in Iraq, has been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction 2006. Her eyewitness accounts and "on the ground" analysis of what is happening in and to her country have been compiled into a book by the same name and published by Feminist Press.
The Samuel Johnson Prize, Britain's most lucrative award for nonfiction writing (30,000 Pounds), was established in December 1998 by BBC Four. The prize "is awarded to a work in the English language published in the UK and written by an author of any nationality in one of the following areas: current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography, and the arts."
The winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2006, will be announced at an awards dinner in London on Wednesday, June 14.