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2015 National Outdoor Book Award Winners

As the air gets crisp and snow is already falling in some parts of the U.S., it’s the perfect time to be thinking about the great outdoors—or getting out to experience it. That’s exactly what author Kim Heacox is doing. He’s enjoying the remote wilderness of Admiralty Island and has no contact with the outside world. And, unlike you, he has no idea that his book Jimmy Bluefeather has won an award. The National Outdoor Book Awards announced their 2015 winners on their website this week, with Heacox and other aficionados of the natural world recipients of the prize. All the winners are listed below, linked to their Booklist reviews where available.

Jimmy BluefeatherHistory/Biography

Finding Abbey:  The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, by Sean Prentiss

Outdoor Literature (Fiction)

Jimmy Bluefeather, by Kim Heacox

Outdoor Literature (Non-Fiction)

Paddlenorth:  Adventure, Resilience and Renewal in the Arctic Wild, by Jennifer Kingsley

The Tower:  A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre, by Kelly Cordes

Classic Award

Wahb: The Biography of a Grizzly, by Ernest Thompson Seton

Nature & The Environment, Winner

The House of Owls, by Tony Angell

Nature & The Environment, Honorable Mention

The Bee:  A Natural Historyby Noah Wilson-Rich

The Passenger Pigeon, by Errol Fuller

The Human AgeNatural History Literature, Winner

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Usby Diane Ackerman

Natural History Literature, Honorable Mention

H is for Hawkby Helen Macdonald

Design & Artistic Merit

The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen, by Todd Wilkinson

This Strange WildernessChildren’s Books

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubonby Nancy Plain

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks, Winner

Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, by Tim Palmer

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks, Honorable Mention

Muir Valley Pocket Guide, by Rick Weber

Nature Guidebooks, Winner

Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Pacific, by Kate Wynne

Nature Guidebooks, Honorable Mention

Beetles of Eastern North America, by Arthur V. Evans


NOLS River Rescue Guide, by Nate Ostis




About the Author:

Amy Dittmeier served as a Booklist's interns in fall 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Library Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and enjoying all the cheese curds Wisconsin has to offer. When she's not doing homework, Amy enjoys adding more to her to-read pile and binge-watching bad sci-fi and fantasy shows. Visit her at

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