Orion Book Award

OBA 2015 logoEach spring, the Orion Book Award is presented to books that deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world, represent excellence in writing, and that we believe Orion readers will enjoy. The award has been conferred annually since 2007.


Bees cover image_largerThe winner of the 2015 Orion Book Award in the fiction category is The Bees, by Laline Paull (Ecco Press):

“Surprising, imaginative, and riveting, Laline Paull’s The Bees will leave you in awe of bees and their intricate society. Written from the perspective of a lowly worker bee, Paull’s ambitious novel takes us deep into the hive. With suspense and a dystopic twist, this gripping story shows you bees and their struggles in a way you’ve never seen before. The Bees will leave you as obsessed with these miraculous (and threatened) creatures as the author, trailing after them in your yard, daydreaming about their buzzing lives carrying on outside our doors.” —The Editors





Feral cover image_largerIn the nonfiction category, Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life, by George Monbiot (University of Chicago Press), was chosen as the winner:

“George Monbiot’s well-researched book of narrative storytelling, speculation, and bold imagination is a vote in favor of rewilding not just nature but the human spirit. Feral invites readers to envision a wilder, less stifled and more primal world—one in which we humans can come to recognize our animal selves once again.” —The Editors








The four fiction finalists for the 2015 Orion Book Award are:


Divine Animal, by Scott Russell Sanders (Earth Works Publishing)






InvisibleBeasts_coverimgInvisible Beasts, by Sharona Muir (Bellevue Literary Press)






Love and Drowning_coverimgThe Land of Love and Drowning, by Tiphanie Yanique (Riverhead Books)






LongMan_coverimgLong Man, by Amy Greene (Alfred A. Knopf)






The four nonfiction finalists are:

CountryCalledChildhood_coverimgA Country Called Childhood, by Jay Griffiths (Counterpoint)






SixthExctinction_coverimgThe Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt and Company)






Windfall_coverimgWindfall, by McKenzie Funk (The Penguin Press)






Zoologies_coverimgZoologies, by Alison Hawthorne Deming (Milkweed Editions)






Previous winning books include MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood (2014, fiction), Sightlines, by Kathleen Jamie (2014, nonfiction), Apocalyptic Planet, by Craig Childs (2013), The View from Lazy Point, by Carl Safina (2012), Insectopedia, by Hugh Raffles (2011), and The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, by Diane Ackerman (2008).

The Orion Book Award recognizes books published in North America during the previous calendar year. Selection of the winners and finalists is made by the Orion staff, and the staff endeavors to surface and consider every book that is eligible for the award. However, we welcome recommendations—from authors, publishers, agents, and readers—for books we should be sure to consider.

Recommendations can be sent to questions@orionmagazine.org. Galleys and review copies can be submitted for consideration to our office at:

187 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

If you submit a galley or review copy, it will automatically be considered for the award. No other formal application is needed.

More information about previous Orion Book Award winners and finalists is available here.