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Press Release_"WNBA Award" Celebration & Reception: March 12, 2011

Press Release_"WNBA Award" Celebration & Reception: March 12, 2011

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Press Release for "WNBA Award" Celebration & Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Press Release for "WNBA Award" Celebration & Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Contact: Susannah Greenberg, Publicity ChairWomen's National Book Association, NYC212-208-4629 phone and faxpublicity@bookbuzz.comFebruary 22, 2011
Women's National Book Association to Honor WNBA AwardRecipient, Masha Hamilton, on March 12
The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) will honor author, journalist, and activist, MashaHamilton, at a reception from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, March 12, at the Center for Fiction/MercantileLibrary, 17 East 47th Street (betw. 5th and Madison). Colleagues, friends, and WNBA members will be inattendance. Members of the press are welcome.Masha is the founder of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and the author of 4 acclaimed novels,including most recently
31 Hours 
, which the
Washington Post 
hailed as one of the best novels of 2009.The award is presented by WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income frombooks and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties orresponsibilities of her profession or occupation.Masha Hamilton is a novelist and former foreign correspondent. As a journalist, Masha worked for the
Associated Press, reporting from the Middle East, and for the
Los Angeles Times 
and NBC/MutualRadio, reporting from the Soviet Union during its final years.Masha’s fiction clearly draws on her close-up observation and knowledge of contemporary concerns andcurrent events. She has written several award winning, critically acclaimed novels including
The Camel Bookmobile 
(2007), about a traveling library in Africa that brings precious books to villagers.
The Camel Bookmobile 
was selected as a Book Sense Choice by Independent Booksellers and earned starredreviews in both
and Library Journal.Most recently, Masha has written
31 Hours 
(2009), which was an Indie Choice pick by independentbooksellers, as well as one of the
Washington Post 
’s best novels of 2009. Masha also teaches the craftof writing to other writers.Masha doesn’t stop with writing novels. She turns her activities as an author into action, including theestablishment of two literacy programs. From the experiences and knowledge gained from writing
The Camel Bookmobile 
, Masha launched in 2007 the Camel Book Drive, a nonprofit enterprise that suppliesbooks to a camel-born library in Kenya. Books are donated from individuals in the U.S. and othercountries and these books are delivered as part of a lending library to rural villages in northeaster Kenya.Masha also established the Afghan Women’s Writing Project in 2009 “to foster creative and intellectualexchange between Afghan women writers and American women authors and teachers.” The websitepublishes the work of Afghan writers under the mentorship of AWWP participants, including authors,poets, essayists, memoirists, and others."These two activities reveal the depth of Masha’s commitment to the world of literacy and books beyondher own career. She is a sterling example of what the WNBA Award truly intends to honormeritorious

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