for In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front
"With In Praise of Blood, Judi Rever chronicles the largely unreported and cynically discounted view of the Rwandan genocide. A dogged reporter and skillful writer, Rever eschews what she calls the 'Hollywood version of good guys and bad guys' to meticulously document a chapter in recent history that is as complicated as it is dismaying. In making her case, she risks everything — her life included — to expose the crimes of Rwanda’s current brutal government. Rever’s harrowing narrative isn’t just a portrait of a tragic time; it also stands as an uncompromising prosecution of that period and its ongoing consequences. In Praise of Blood is an undeniably important story told by a remarkably brave writer."
— 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse, and Joel Yanofsky)