2010 Orion Book Award
Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future by Charles Bowden (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has won the 2010 Orion Book Award, which is sponsored by Orion magazine and honors a book that "deepens our connection to the natural world."
"Bowden's writing is not only stunning, but the risks that he is willing to take are sometimes breathtaking. It's journalism of a really compelling kind” said Ted Genoways, editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review and one of the award judges.
Orion Book Award finalists were:
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis
Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape by Richard Manning
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories by Lydia Peelle
The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature by Curtis White
The winner receives a $3,000 prize; finalists each receive $500. All five books will be honored at a reception on April 14 in New York City at the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery at 7 p.m.
The Orion Book Award finalists for 2009
Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land by Amy Irvine,
The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane,
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth,
Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power and Lies by Ginger Strand
Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams.
The winner of the Orion, which recognizes "books that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about our relationship with nature, and achieve excellence in writing," will be announced on March 27. Winner and finalists will be honored during a public event on April 15, 2009 at the Cynthia-Reeves gallery in New York City.