Orion Book Award


Each 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.

New in 2014, the award now includes categories for fiction and nonfiction. Eligible books are considered and selected by the Orionstaff; over 250 books published in 2013 were considered for this year’s awards.

Atwood_cover The winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award in the fiction categoryis: MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese)“Margaret Atwood’s witty insights into the lay of our cultural and environmental landscape infuse her work with just the right balance of devastation and humor. She has a masterful grasp of how storytelling is intimately tied to resilience, and nowhere is that more evident than in this newest novel.”  —The Editors
Jamie_cover The winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award in the nonfiction category is: Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World, by Kathleen Jamie (The Experiment)“Kathleen Jamie’s Sightlines dissects the natural world with precision, humor, and love. The essays in this book not only inspire us to look more closely, but also have the power to open us up to a new kind of emotional experience of the planet.” —The Editors
bassr The three fiction finalists for the 2014 Orion Book Award are the following: All the Land to Hold Us, by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Archipelago Archipelago, by Monique Roffey (Penguin Books)
lastanimal The Last Animal, by Abby Geni (Counterpoint)

 The three nonfiction finalists are:

braiding Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions)
Countdown Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, by Alan Weisman (Little, Brown, and Company)
urbanbest The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown, and Company)

Read reports from Orion staff on these and other 2013 books at our blog, and see a list of other books we liked here.

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.