دگروال ادوارد زالم
- MWSA 2013 GOLD MEDAL WINNER -
- WRITER'S DIGEST 2013 AWARD WINNER -
- IPPY 2014 BRONZE MEDAL WINNER -
-READERS' FAVORITE 2014 WINNER -
- USA BEST BOOKS 2014 AWARD -
- LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL 2014 WINNER -
- BEVERLY HILLS BOOK AWARDS 2015 WINNER -
- IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 2015 SILVER MEDAL -
- INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2015 FINALIST -
- READERS' FAVORITE 2015 BRONZE MEDAL -
- NEXTGEN INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2016 FINALIST -
- MWSA 2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER -
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edward Zellem is the 12-time award-winning author of 3 bilingual books of Afghan Proverbs, now published in 20 languages. He is a retired U.S. Navy officer and trained Dari speaker who served on active duty for 30 years. He spent a year and a half embedded on native Afghan teams in Afghanistan. This included a year on President Hamid Karzai's staff inside the Afghan Presidential Palace.
While in Afghanistan, Captain Zellem became fascinated with the way Afghans use Proverbs in their daily conversations. He began collecting and translating them, and used them every day with Afghans in his professional and personal life.
After students at a local Kabul high school offered to create illustrations, he decided to publish his collection as a personal project to share with the world.
Over 40,000 copies of his books are being used today in more than 200 Afghan schools, helping children learn to read in English and Dari with the same familiar Afghan Proverbs they hear every day. The books also are being used in Sweden and Greece to integrate Afghan refugees and help teach them new languages.
The Afghan Proverbs Collection has received praise from luminaries such as General David H. Petraeus, Kabul University's Nancy Dupree, Afghan National Security Adviser Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the Princess Salimah Aga Khan, and many other well-known personalities.
The Afghan Proverbs books are available in over 115 countries through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever quality books are sold. Edward Zellem also publishes a popular series of online interviews with Afghan celebrities and thought leaders.
Edward Zellem's Afghan Proverbs Collection has been published as bilingual editions in 20 languages with the help of a team of volunteer translators from around the world.
More editions in other languages are coming soon.