Most of the 80,000 or so Jews living in Iran fled after the 1979 Islamic revolution. But their history and culture still imbue the works of writers like Roya Hakakian, Dalia Sofer, Gina Nahai.
The winner of the Jewish Book Council’s $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize, announced today, is Sana Krasikov, right, for her short story collection “One More Year” (Spiegel & Grau, 2008). The Book Council also announced that its $25,000 Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award would go to Dalia Sofer, the author of the novel “The Septembers of Shiraz” (Ecco, 2007).
In the three years since it was founded, the Sami Rohr Prize — the winner of which will be announced this week — has become one of the most prestigious awards for Jewish writing. Given out, in alternating years, for works of fiction and non-fiction, the Prize is also the most lucrative of its genre — with the Jewish Book Council handing out a top prize of $100,000 along with two smaller “Choice” prizes.