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KATHLEEN JAMIE TO BE AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS U.S. MEDAL FOR NATURE WRITING
The John Burroughs Association is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of the John Burroughs Medal recognising the best in nature writing is Kathleen Jamie for her book Sightlines, published by The Experiment, New York, 2013 (Sort Of Books in UK).
Sightlines offers a landmark work about the natural world and our relationship to it. Jamie explores her native Scottish surroundings, intermingling personal history with observations of the landscape.
Her travels lead her to study whale bones in Norwegian museums, explore remote Scottish islands, and watch icebergs in the Arctic.
Sightlines invites us to take a moment to pause and reconsider what nature gives us.
First awarded in 1926, The John Burroughs Medal is given annually to a distinguished book of nature writing that combines scientific accuracy, firsthand fieldwork, and excellent natural history writing. Past Burroughs Medalists include Rachel Carson, Peter Matthiessen, and Barry Lopez, Gary Nabhan.
Jamie is lauded by the selection committee as one of our strongest recent winners for her excellence in the tradition of natural history writing. She resists the conventional poetics of nature writing, and is at the same time a powerfully lyrical writer. A member of the committee said of her work "I am so taken by the beauty of Kathleen Jamie's writing, and the compassion and sophistication of her thought process.... In asking about little things she finds big things."
"This intelligent collection of 14 essays, informed by science and myth, heightened attention, and cultural dreams, is written with Scots brogue, language, and attitude that will give American readers a fresh view of nature." Publishers Weekly ... See MoreSee Less
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