A couple of weeks ago, Orion announced that my recent book, THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World (Picador, January 2012) was among the finalists for the 2012 Orion Book Award.
On May 3 THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT was named the winner! View the announcement here.
I could not be more pleased. The award vindicates a lot of difficult effort in puzzling out the concept for this book, then executing it.
This award is given by Orion Magazine for the best book of the year addressing the relationship between humanity and nature.
Criteria for the award include that the book “deepens our connection to the natural world,” “presents new ideas about our relationship with nature,” and “achieves excellence in writing,” according to Orion Magazine’s website.
The award finalists include FIRE SEASON by Philip Connors (Ecco), OIL ON WATER by Helon Habila (W. W. Norton & Co.), SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell (Vintage), and RAISING ELIJAH by Sandra Steingraber (Da Capo).
Read more about THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT and the award here.