Best Nature Writing

Orion magazine honors each year the very best in writing about nature and its relationship with art and culture. The Orion Book Award is given to one winner and four finalists – this year we own all five books. The winners are chosen for their fresh and timely presentation of cutting-edge science blended with an intimate and adventurous understanding of the natural world. The winner this year is, Insectopedia, by Hugh Raffles, and the four finalists:
About a Mountain by John D'Agata
Deep Blue Home: An Intinate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean by Julia Whittly
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram

Here you can find an archive of past winners and a list of other notable books that the awards committee especially liked in 2010. We carry Orion magazine on the 2nd floor Downtown. It always offers a thoughtful and provocative critique of our modern relationship to the natural world and a profound commitment to exploring ways to preserve the future of nature which is, after all, our future too.




Orion is a great magazine - anyone who is interested in global, natural issues should definitely give it a read!

These sound great.


Nature isn't my favorite thing to read about but I've also heard some really amazing stories.


I like that. I don't mind saying that I used to write songs,most of them about animals.


That's cool.

I didn't know about this award, but since I really enjoyed "The Tiger" when I read it earlier this year, it's great to discover some other books that might be of the same caliber and subject matter. Thanks for the recommendation!

I LOVE Nature, as long as it has nothing to do with birds!!!


I think my son would enjoy insectopedia