Green Alert

April brings Earth Day and The Orion Book Award .  Established in 2007, the award celebrates books “that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about our relationship with nature, and achieve excellence in writing.” I served as chair of the selection committee last year, and had I served this year, I would have nominated several of the stellar finalists the wise judges chose this year.  I’ve been a longtime admirer of the work of Wade Davis and Charlies Bowden, and I was thrilled with new author Lydia Peele’s short story collection. So here’s the knock-out list:

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
Wade Davis
(House of Anansi Press)

Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape
Richard Manning
(University of California Press)

Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories
Lydia Peele
(Harper Perennial)

The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature
Curtis White
(PoliPointPress)

And the winner of the 2010 Orion Book Award:

 Charles Bowden’s Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Bravo to all.

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About the Author:

Donna Seaman is a senior editor at Booklist. Her radio interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books (2005).

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