The annual Orion Book Award is presented to a book, published in the previous year, that has achieved excellence in addressing a growing ecological awareness and the need for a healthier relationship between humans and the natural world. We also — as a tribute to and acknowledgment of our smart readers — run a Readers’ Choice Award.
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Award ended April 1.
Final results and top vote-getters (379 votes total):
The 2009 Readers’ Choice Award Winner:
Price, John T. Man Killed by Pheasant and other Kinships: A Memoir (Da Capo Press) — 130 votes
Irvine, Amy. Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land (North Point Press) — 33 votes
(2009 Orion Book Award Winner)
Williams, Terry Tempest. Finding Beauty in a Broken World (Pantheon) — 29 votes
Bender, Burt. Catching the Ebb (Oregon State University Press) — 24 votes
Knopp, Lisa. Interior Places (University of Nebraska Press) — 23 votes
Kelsey, Elin. Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales (University of California Press) — 14 votes
Speth, James Gustave. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (Yale University Press) — 12 votes
White, Sharon. Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia (University of Georgia Press) — 9 votes
Kantner, Seth. Shopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska (Milkweed Editions) — 9 votes
Jones, Van. The Green Collar Economy: How one Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems (HarperOne) — 8 votes