The winner of this year's Orion Book Award has just been announced: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, by Craig Childs. All of the nominees are listed below and can be ordered through this website.
The Orion Book Award is given annually to a book that addresses the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought provoking, and engaging manner. Four additional books are named as finalists.
Books eligible for the Orion Book Award are judged against these criteria:
• That it deepens our connection to the natural world
• That it presents new ideas about our relationship with nature
• That it achieves excellence in writing
The Orion Book Award recognizes books published in North America during the previous calendar year. Nominations for the award are made by advisors, writers, editors, and contributing editors of Orion. Selection of the winning book and four finalists are made by a five-person selection committee, which changes annually. This year's judges were Jessa Crispin, Ursula K. LeGuin, Erik Reece, Luis Alberto Urrea, Hannah Fries.
You can read more about the Orion and the awards at the Orion Magazine website.