Cathy Sultan is an award-winning author of three nonfiction books: A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War; Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides; and Tragedy in South Lebanon. A Beirut Heart was translated into Chinese in 2013. The Syrian, a political thriller, was her first work of fiction, followed by Damascus Street. Her third in the Syria quartet is due to be published in the spring of 2021. Sultan is also a peace activist. She spent several years at the National Peace Foundation, then served on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Peace Builders (now Eyewitness Palestine), an NGO based in Washington, D.C. She took her first trip to Israel/Palestine in March 2002 and subsequently co-lead five delegations to Israel/Palestine on behalf of IFPB, including one to Gaza in 2012.
Sultan won USA’s Best Book of the Year Award in 2006 for her Autobiography A Beirut Heart; USA’s Best Book of the Year Award in 2006 the category of History/Politics for Israeli and Palestinian Voices; 2006 Midwest Book Awards-Honorable Mention in the Category of Political Science for Israeli and Palestinian Voices. Tragedy in South Lebanon was nominated for Best Book of the Year in the Category of Political Science in 2008 and Damascus Street was honored as a 2019 Montaigne Medal Finalist. Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the Montaigne Medal to the most thought-provoking books. These are books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the great French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare, René Descartes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Eric Hofer. Damascus Street was also a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for its salient writing.