This year’s winner in the Book category of SELC’s Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards continues to receive major honors. Deborah Cramer’s The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and An Epic Journey, which follows the red knot on its 19,000-mile migration from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic and back, recently won the Best Book Award from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. It also won first place in the Rachel Carson Environment Book Awards given by the Society of Environmental Journalists.
The October 1 deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the 2017 Phil Reed Awards. Presented each year during the Virginia Festival of the Book, the awards recognize outstanding writing in two categories: Book for works of nonfiction (not self-published) and Journalism for newspaper, magazine, and online writing published by a recognized institution, such as a news organization, university, or nonprofit group.
Nominations are welcome from anyone, including readers, authors, and publishers. Entries must have been published between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016, and must relate to the natural environment in at least one of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.