2014 South Asia Book Awards to feature honored authors

The 2014 South Asia Book Award (SABA) Ceremony, sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, will be held Saturday, October 18, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Children’s Department Program Room at the Madison Central Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St.

The South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature will recognize the 2014 winners, along with the 2014 Honor and Highly Commended authors and books.

The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature presentations by 2014 SABA recipients Elizabeth Suneby (Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education) and Jennifer Bradbury (A Moment Comes), and 2014 Honor recipient Farhana Zia (The Garden of My Imaan).

This event is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival and 43rd Annual Conference on South Asia and will conclude with a book signing. Awarded books will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit the SABA website: http://southasiabookaward.org. Or contact Rachel Weiss, of the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, (608) 262-9224.

In addition to the ceremony, the featured authors will participate in several outreach events, including two public readings at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave.:

  • Jennifer Bradbury will read from A Moment Comes, on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Suneby will read from Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education on Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m.


  • Farhana Zia will visit Oregon High School and Middle School, on Friday, October 17. SABA has donated copies of The Garden of My Imaan.
  • Elizabeth Suneby will meet with staff of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) and students of the UW–Madison School of Education on Sunday, and will visit Stoner Prairie Elementary School in Verona on Monday.

– by Kerry G. Hill