The 2016 Orion Book Award Finalists

Since 2007, Orion has given an annual award to books that deepen our connection to the natural world, present new ideas about the relationship between people and nature, and achieve excellence in writing.

Read about previous years’ winners and finalists here—and congratulations to this year’s contenders!

The winner will be announced on October 17.



riverrunsagain_coverA River Runs Again
India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka
Meera Subramanian





soulofanoctopus_coverThe Soul of an Octopus
A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
Sy Montgomery
(Atria Books)





oysterwar_coverThe Oyster War
The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America
Summer Brennan
(Counterpoint Press)





hisforhawk_coverH Is for Hawk
A Memoir
Helen Macdonald
(Grove Press)







  1. Congratulations to all the winners. And thanks to Orion for organizing this event every year and felicitating talented authors for their magnificent literature.

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