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
(House of Anansi Press)
Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape
(University of California Press)
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories
The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature
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.