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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

John Burroughs Medal Award

John Burroughs Medal Award List
The John Burroughs Association publicly recognizes well-written and illustrated natural history publications. Each year the Burroughs medal (shown at left) is awarded to the author of a distinguished book of natural history, with the presentation made during the Association's annual meeting on the first Monday of April.

The following list presents all of the Burroughs Medal winners to date. Asterisked books are in the collections of the American Museum of Natural History Library. Note: the medal was not awarded 1931, 1935, 1937, 1944, 1947, 1951, 1959, 1975, and 1980.

The John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers for 2008
- Finding Home, Sandra Markle, author, Alan Marks, illustrator, Charlesbridge, (2008).
- How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate, Lynne Cherry, and Gary Braasch, authors. Dawn Publications, (2008).
- Ice Bears, Brenda Z. Guiberson, author and Ilya Spirin, illustrator, Henry Holt & Company/Macmillan, (2008).
- Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, Jeanette Winter author and illustrator, Harcourt, Inc, (2008).
- Winter Trees, Carole Gerber, author and Leslie Evans, illustrator, Charlesbridge,

2009. Burroughs, Franklin. Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay
2008. Whitty, Julia. The Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific
2007. Meloy, Ellen. Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
2006. Kroodsma, Donald. The Singing Life of Birds Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
2005. Wall, Robin. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
2004. Levin, Ted. Liquid Land: A Journey Through The Florida Everglades
2003. Safina, Carl. Eye Of The Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival
2002. Lamberton, Ken. Wilderness and Razor Wire: A Naturalist's Observations from Prison.
2001. Carroll, David M. Swampwalker's Journal.
2000. Heindrich, Bernd. Mind Of the Raven.
1999. DeBlieu, Jan. Wind: How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land.
1998. Alcock, John. In a Desert Garden. New York
1997. Quammen, David. The Song Of The Dodo.
1996. Green, Bill. Water, Ice and Stone.
1995. Packer, Craig. Into Africa.
1994. Campbell, David G. The Crystal Desert: Summers in Antarctica.
1993. Dethier, Vincent G. Crickets and Katydids, Concerts and Solos.
1992. Norris, Kenneth S. Dolphin Days. New York
1991. Nelson, Richard. The Island Within.
1990. McPhee, John. The Control of Nature.
1989. Kilham, Lawrence. On Watching Birds.
1988. Horton, Tom. Bay Country.
1987. Pyle, Robert Michael. Wintergreen.
1986. Nabhan, Gary Paul. Gathering in the Desert.
1985. Owens, Mark and Delia. Cry of the Kalahari.
1984. Wallace, David Rains. The Klamath Knot.
1983. Skutch, Alexander F. A Naturalist on a Tropical Farm.
1982. Matthiessen, Peter. Sand Rivers.
1981. Durant, Mary, and Harwood, Michael. On the Road with John James Audubon.
1979. Lopez, Barry Holstun. Of Wolves and Men.
1978. Kirk, Ruth. Desert: The American Southwest.
1977. Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac.
1976. Zwinger, Ann Haymond. Run, River, Run.
1974. Olson, Sigurd F. Wilderness Days.
1973. Barlow, Elizabeth. The Forests and Wetlands of New York City.
1972. Arbib, Robert S. The Lord's Woods.
1971. Terres, John K. From Laurel Hill to Siler's Bog.
1970. Scheffer, Victor B. The Year of the Whale.
1969. Lawrence, Louise de Kiriline. The Lovely and the Wild.
1968. Borland, Hal G. Hill Country Harvest.
1967. Ogburn, Jr., Charlton. The Winter Beach.
1966. Darling, Louis. The Gull's Way.
1965. Brooks, Paul. Roadless Area.
1964. Hay, John. The Great Beach.
1963. Murie, Adolph. A Naturalist in Alaska.
1962. Sutton, George Miksch. Iceland Summer.
1961. Eiseley, Loren C. The Firmament of Time.
1960. Kieran, John. A Natural History of New York City.
1958. Allen, Robert Porter. On the Trail of the Vanishing Birds.
1957. Carr, Archie Fairly. The Windward Road.
1956. Murchie, Guy. Song of the Sky.
1955. Grange, Wallace B. Those of the Forest.
1954. Krutch, Joseph Wood. The Desert Year.
1953. Klingel, Gilbert. The Bay.
1952. Carson, Rachel L. The Sea Around Us.
1950. Peterson, Roger Tory. Birds Over America.
1949. Cruickshank, Helen. Flight into Sunshine.
1948. Stanwell-Fletcher, Theodora. Driftwood Valley.
1946. Jaques, Mr. and Mrs. Frances Lee. Snowshoe Country.
1945. Platt, Rutherford. This Green World.
1943. Teale, Edwin Way. Near Horizons.
1942. Armstrong, Edward A. Birds of the Grey Wind.
1941. Halle, Jr., Louis J. Birds against Men.
1940. Bent, Arthur Cleveland. Life Histories of North American Birds (18-titleseries).
1939. Pearson, T. Gilbert. Adventures in Bird Protection.
1938. Murphy, Robert Cushman. Oceanic Birds of South America.
1936. Gorst, Charles Crawford. Recordings of Bird Calls.
1934. Christman, W. W. Wild Pasture Pine.
1933. Medsger, Oliver P. Nature Rambles.
1932. Dellenbaugh, Frederick S. A Canyon Voyage: The Narrative Of The Second Powell Expedition Down The Green-Colorado River From Wyoming, 1871-1872.
1930. Rutledge, Archibald. Peace in the Heart.
1929. Chapman, Frank M. Handbook of North American Birds.
1928. McCarthy, John Russell. Nature Poems.
1927. Seton, Ernest Thompson. Lives of Game Animals.
1926. Beebe, William. Pheasants of the World.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

NPR's Best Foreign Books

Coe, Jonathan. The Rotters' Club (British)Coe, Jonathan. House of Sleep (British)
Pelevin, Victor. Sacred Book of Werewolf (Russian)
Pelevin, Victor. Buddha's Little Finger (Russian)
Akunin, Boris. The Winter Queen (Russian)
Ulitskaya, Ludmila. The Funeral Party (Russian)
Kadare, Ismail. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost (Albania)
Kadare, Ismail. The Three-Arched Bridge (Albania)
Kert├ęsz, Imre. The Pathseeker (Hungary)
Kertesz, Imre. Fateless (Hungary)
Antunes, Antonio Lobo. What Can I Do When Everything's on Fire? (Portugal)
Petterson, Per. Out Stealing Horses. (Norway)
Mahfouz, Naguib. The Thief and the Dogs (Egypt)
Quayd, Muhammad Yusuf. War in the Land of Egypt (Egypt)
Aswany, Alaa Al. The Yacoubian Building (Egypt)
Murakami, Haruki. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Japan)
Fuentes, Carlos. The Death of Artemio Cruz (Mexico)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

E. M. Forster Award

The E. M. Forster Award is a $20,000 award given annually to an Irish or British writer to fund a period of travel in the United States. The award, named after the English novelist E. M. Forster, is administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Academy members nominate authors and winners are selected by a rotating committee.

Past winners
E.M. Forster Award
Foreign Honorary Member E.M. Forster (1879-1970) bequeathed the American publication rights and royalties of his posthumous novel Maurice to Academician Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), who transferred them to the Academy for the establishment of an award, now $15,000, to be given to a young English writer for a stay in the United States.


John Lanchester

Jez Butterworth -- playwright

Geoff Dyer

Dennis O'Driscoll

Robin Robertson

Andrew O'Hagan

Helen Simpson

Marina Carr

Carol Ann Duffy

Nick Hornby

Kate Atkinson

Glyn Maxwell

Jim Crace

Colm Toibin

Janice Galloway

Sean O'Brien

Timothy Mo

Alan Hollinghurst

Jeanette Winterson

A. N. Wilson

Blake Morrison

Julian Barnes

Humphrey Carpenter

F.T. Prince

Bruce Chatwin

David Cook

Jon Stallworthy

Seamus Heaney

Paul Bailey

Margaret Drabble

Frank Tuohy

Philip K. Dick Award

Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro and Terminal Mind by David Walton were co-winners of the Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the U.S. Results were announced at Norwescon 32, in SeaTac, Wash. The 2009 judges wre Daniel Abraham (chair), Eileen Gunn, Karen Hellekson, Elaine Isaak, and Marc Laidlaw.

Philip K. Dick Award co-winner (2009)

Emissaries from the Dead: An Andrea Cort Novel by Adam-Troy Castro (Eos Books) - WINNER
FAST FORWARD 2 edited by Lou Anders (Pyr)
JUDGE by Karen Traviss (Eos Books)
PLAGUE WAR by Jeff Carlson (Ace Books)
Terminal Mind by David Walton (Meadowhawk Press) - WINNER
TIME MACHINES REPAIRED WHILE-U-WAIT by K. A. Bedford (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Canadian National Business Book Award

Margaret Atwood, Peter C. Newman and Kenneth Whyte are among finalists for this year's

Canadian National Business Book Award Finalist (2009)

Atwood is up for Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (CBC Massey Lecture). Better known for her works of fiction than books about business, Atwood is "an intelligent outsider who seams together patterns and facts that provide context to the current crisis and where it slots into the human experience," said a statement from prize organizers.

Newman is shortlisted for Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul. The book profiles the entrepreneur who founded CanWest Global Communications Corp.

Whyte's book The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst looks at the American tycoon's early life and the growth of his newspaper holdings.

The other finalists are Gordon Pitts for Stampede!: The Rise of the West and Canada's New Power Elite : The True Story of the Man behind Rogers Communications, written by Ted Rogers and Robert Brehl.

The winner, who receives $20,000, will be announced May 7.

The award is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and BMO Financial Group.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Milkweed Prize (1988-2007)

Milkweed has restructured the prize: in the past we have solicited manuscripts specifically for the contest, but for all future contests, Milkweed Editions will award the National Fiction Prize to the best work of fiction Milkweed accepts for publication during each calendar year by a writer not previously published by Milkweed Editions. Submission directly to the contest is no longer necessary. Since we will now be choosing the winner from the manuscripts we accept for publication during a given year, all manuscripts submitted to Milkweed will automatically be considered for the prize. Judging will be by Milkweed Editions editors, and the winner of the prize will receive a $5,000 cash advance as part of any royalties agreed upon in the contractual arrangement negotiated at the time of acceptance.

The Milkweed Prize Milkweed Editions periodically awards two prizes for fiction writing: the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature. The prizes are awarded for the best general fiction and for the best fiction for middle-grade readers, ages 8 to 13, by a writer not previously published by Milkweed. The prizes for 2008 will be cash advances against royalties in the amounts of $5,000 for fiction and $10,000 for children’s literature.

Milkweed National Fiction Prize

Milkweed seeks manuscripts of high literary quality that embody humane values and contribute to cultural understanding for the National Fiction Prize


* 2007 The Farther Shore by Matthew Eck
* 2006 Visigoth by Gary Amdahl
* 2005 Crossing Bully Creek by Margaret Erhart
* 2004 Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner
* 2002 Roofwalker by Susan Power
* 2001 Hell's Bottom, Colorado by Laura Pritchett
* 1999 Falling Dark by Tim Tharp
* 1998 Tivolem by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
* 1997 The Tree of Red Stars by Tessa Bridal
* 1996 The Empress of One by Faith Sullivan
* 1995 Confidence of the Heart by David Schweidel
* 1993 Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
* 1992 Larabi's Ox by Tony Ardizzone
* 1990 Aquaboogie by Susan Straight
* 1989 Blue Taxis by Eileen Drew
* 1988 Ganado Red by Susan Lowell

Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature

The goal of the Prize for Children's Literature is to encourage both writers of children’s literature and writers of books for adults to turn their attention to creating books for this discriminating and important group of readers. At this age, readers are ready for well-written books that range widely in subject matter, from fantasy, to fiction grounded in history, to books about everyday life.


* 2007 The Linden Tree by Ellie Mathews
* 2005 Trudy by Jessica Lee Anderson
* 2004 Perfect by Natasha Friend
* 2001 Parents Wanted by George Harrar
* 2000 The $66 Summer by John Armistead
* 1999 The Ocean Within by V. M. Caldwell
* 1998 The Dog with Golden Eyes by Frances Wilbur
* 1996 Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams
* 1995 The Summer of the Bonepile Monster by Aileen Kilgore Henderson
* 1994 A Bride for Anna's Papa by Isabel R. Marvin