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This year’s National Outdoor Book Award winners have been announced.
Need to freshen up your book department in 2016, or just looking for a good holiday read? The National Outdoor Book Association has announced the winners of this year’s awards.
Winning titles this year include a 115-year-old story of a grizzly bear, the history of Patagonia’s Cerro Torre, which is famously challenging to climb, and a novel about a 95-year-old native Alaskan who sets out to carve his last great canoe.
Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Research and Education and Idaho State University. They’re given to authors of the best in outdoor writing and publishing.
Classic Award – Wahb: The Biography of a Grizzly, by Ernest Thompson Seton
Non-Fiction Outdoor Literature – Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience and Renewal in the Arctic Wild, by Jennifer Kingsley, and The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre, by Kelly Cordes
Fiction Outdoor Literature – Jimmy Bluefeather: A Novel, by Kim Heacox
History/Biography – Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, by Sean Prentiss
Instructional – NOLS River Rescue Guide, by Nate Ostis
Nature Guidebooks – Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Pacific, by Kate Wynne
Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks – Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, by Tim Palmer
Children’s Books – This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon, by Nancy Plain
Design & Artistic Merit – The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography, by Thomas D. Mangelsen
Natural History Literature – The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us, by Diane Ackerman
Nature & The Environment – The House of Owls, by Tony Angell
Find a complete list of winners, including honorable mention books, and application guidelines at noba-web.org.