Orion Magazine is a nature focused bimonthly periodical with offices in Great Barrington, MA; it is published in collaboration with the Myrin Institute. “Orion’s first Editor-in-Chief, George Russell, boldly stated Orion’s values: ‘It is Orion’s fundamental conviction that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature.'”
“Orion’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community. 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, and that it achieves excellence in writing. The Orion Book Award recognizes books published in North America during the previous calendar year.”
The 2013 Orion Book Award finalists are listed below along with links to their records in the Minuteman Catalog. The winner will be announced during the second week of April just before Earth Day.
• Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, by Craig Childs (Pantheon Books)
• Flight Behavior: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)
• Things That Are: Essays, by Amy Leach (Milkweed Editions)
• The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane (Viking)
• The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry, by Joe Wilkins (Counterpoint)