Desta Author Getty Ambau Receives Moonbeam Book Award

Above: Getty Ambau's new epic novel Desta narrates a family saga -- spanning three generations and dealing with their dark and mysterious past in a world of monkeys, goats and spirits. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

By Fikre Tolossa, Ph.D.

Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oakland, California, – Ethiopian author, Ato Getty Ambau, was chosen third among many candidtes who participated in an annual literary contest held by the Moonbeam Awards for this year, for his first novel entitled, Desta and King Solomon’s Coin of Magic and Fortune. He was awarded with a medal of achievement for it. The medal cermony and book-signing took place this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan at the City Opera House…

According to the orgnizers, last year they had 1500 participants in all the categories. This year, they said, because they had a lot more good competitors in YA (Young Adult literary fiction) category, they had to chose the top 4 with one of the ranking (of the three) to be a tie, which turned out to be the bronze medal or the third ranking for Getty Ambau.

The participants come from some 45 states, 5 Canadian provinces and 7 other English-speaking countries.

Mr. Getty Ambau’s book-signing was scheduled from 10:00 AM to 3:00PM and reading from his novel from 3-4PM along with others. The award cermonies will take place from 5-7 PM.

Getty Ambau is a graduate of Yale University. Even though he was educated in the natural and social sciences, his inner calling for literature prompted him to explore his hidden talent resulting in his first magical novel. His achievement is a good news for us Ethiopians as this will portray a positive image of Ethiopia and Ethiopian writers.

This event news is submitted by the author.

Learn more about the award at:

Interview: Getty Ambau On His Novel Desta

1 Response to “Desta Author Getty Ambau Receives Moonbeam Book Award”

  1. 1 kerealem Salilih Apr 1st, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Dear sir, I have heard information from “Deutsche Welle” interview about a book written by you. It was very intersting and it inspired me to read the book. of course I am born & brought up on the same village and province. Let me have a book please?
    with best regards.

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