TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) is pleased to announce its 27th Annual Book Award winners.

Christian Sahner has received the award in popular humanities nonfiction for his book Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. Timely and accessible, Among the Ruins illuminates the current civil war in Syria by exploring the country’s long history, including the rise of Christianity, the arrival of Islam, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and the emergence of sectarianism. Sahner, who is completing his doctorate at Princeton University, joins this history to an account of his personal travels in the region. The result is a compelling blend of history and memoir.

Jonathan Rose has won in the category of scholarly humanities nonfiction for The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor. The Literary Churchill uses Churchill’s career as a best-selling author to explore his actions as a statesman. Award committee members called the book “splendid,” and praised its insight into the man and his times. Rose is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History at Drew University and a past NJCH Book Award winner.

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities with a mission to harness the power of the humanities to strengthen our pluralistic society. NJCH will recognize its award winners at the 2016 New Jersey Library Association Conference, May 16-18 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.