A Berry College government and
international studies professor was recently awarded the 2012 Guyana Prize for
Government and International Studies Professor Chaitram
Singh's novel "The Flour Convoy," won Best First Work of
Fiction. Guyana President Donald Ramoutar presented the prize
which included a $3,000 check to Singh Sept. 15 in Georgetown, Guyana. The Prize
Committee selected Singh to give the acceptance address on behalf of all prize
winners in which he read an excerpt from his award winning novel.
of Singh's novels, "The February 23rd Coup," was runner-up for the
Best Work of Fiction prize. Singh said his work was facilitated by travel grants
from Berry's Department of Government and International Studies and that he
worked on his novels during his sabbaticals.
Singh has taught at Berry
since 1984. A West Point graduate, he received his M.A. and Ph. D. in political
science from the University of Florida. He is the author of four books,
including two novels and is the associate editor (Latin America) for the Journal
of Third World Studies. His research interest centers on civil-military
relations in the Third World.
Born in Guyana, Singh was an officer in the
Guyana Defense Force and a Foreign Service Officer. He taught mathematics
briefly at Berbice High School and at Corentyne High School before re-migrating
to the United States. For more information his web site is http://theflourconvoy.wordpress.com.
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Lindsey Dyches