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2002 NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Are you ready for an adventure? If so, you'll find much to whet the appetite among the winners of the 2002 National Outdoor Book Awards.
Adventures in the Arctic figured prominently among this year's crop of new outdoor books. The cream of that crop was Jill Fredston's Rowing to Latitude. Fredston's book is about her and her husband's travels, more than twenty thousand miles of them, along the coasts of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Rowing to Latitude is Fredston's debut book and she emerges as a fresh new voice in outdoor literature: witty, touching, literate, bold and honest.
She also emerges as a true adventurer. She pioneered the use of a recreational rowing shell for expeditionary travel. The boat was so efficient that she could easily out-distance her husband in a sea kayak. It's a marvelous book, one that will carry you away to the great hinterlands of the north latitudes.
Another arctic adventure story is Arctic Crossing which won Honorable Mention in the History/Biography category. This is author Jonathan Waterman's story of his attempt to cross the Northwest Passage by kayak, ski, dogsled and sailboat. It's more than a story of adventure; it's also about the present-day life of the Inuit, the native people of the north country.
Several highly researched books on nature and conservation were also among the winners. One of the winners was a biography of Gifford Pinchot. Pinchot was the first Chief of the Forest Service and his influence is felt to this day on the policies which guide the management of lands used by hundreds of thousands of American's for hiking, climbing, fishing, biking and other forms of outdoor recreation.
The winner of the Design and Artistic Merit Category is Wilder Mississippi. It's a captivating book, filled with mesmerizing images of the natural world of the state of Mississippi. So carefully executed are the design elements that even the text of the book's subtitles resembles reeds protruding from the surface of a pond. It all comes together beautifully and harmoniously, a joyful pictorial hymn, celebrating the wilderness of Mississippi.
These are four examples from the winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards which were honored at a special evening ceremony of the International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education. This year's conference was held in Charleston, South Carolina.
NOBA is the largest and most prestigious national award program for authors and publishers of outdoor books. The program is sponsored by Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.
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Outdoor Literature Category. Winner. Rowing to Latitude. By Jill Fredston. Published by North Point Press, New York. ISBN 0374281807.
In her debut book, Rowing to Latitude, Jill Fredston emerges as a fresh new voice in outdoor literature: witty, touching, literate, bold and honest. She also emerges as a true adventurer. Pioneering the use of a recreational rowing shell, similar in shape and size to a sea kayak, she and her husband travel more than twenty thousand miles through the Arctic and sub-Arctic. This book is the story of those journeys, but intricately woven among them are the joys and struggles of her life. It's a marvelous book, one that will carry you away to the great hinterlands of the north latitudes.
Gifford Pinchot was the first chief of the Forest Service. To this day, his influence is still being felt on the policies which guide the management of lands used by hundreds of thousands of Americans for hiking, climbing, biking, fishing and other forms of outdoor adventure. Yet Pinchot is a controversial figure, the bad guy in a bitter battle with the great conservationist, John Muir. This eminently readable and erudite biography of Pinchot, the first in over forty years, reveals a much more complicated man, and sheds new light on Pinchot's contributions and place in conservation history.
This is the story of Jonathan Waterman's attempt to cross the Northwest Passage by kayak, ski, dogsled and sailboat. More than an expedition narrative, Waterman also writes about the history and his encounters with the native people of the north country, the Inuit. Backed by solid research and written in an introspective style, it's an illuminating portrait of one man and culture.
No matter where you are—in the city, in an office, or in a bookstore in a busy shopping center—open this book to the first page, you're suddenly someplace else: to a place of quiet sounds, the flutter of wings, the rustle of a white tail, the drip of morning dew. This is a book of subtleties, of elegance and of mesmerizing images of Mississippi's natural world. Stephen Kirkpatrick's brilliant and captivating photography is complemented with an equally captivating design. So carefully executed are the design elements that even the text of the book's subtitles resembles reeds protruding from the surface of a pond. It all comes together beautifully and harmoniously, a joyful pictorial hymn, celebrating the wilderness of Mississippi.
For many years, Arizona Highways has been publishing colorful, high quality books of the Southwest—and this is one that excels both pictorially and textually. Craig Childs' sensitive and inspired text is supplemented by intelligent design and magnificent photography.
In this fascinating and ground-breaking book, Steinberg investigates American history from a new and unique perspective: from that of the natural environment. He argues convincingly that events as diverse as colonization, the industrial revolution, the civil war, the western gold rush and many others were shaped and influenced by nature. It's an important seminal work and one that leads toward a better understanding of the interrelationship of man and the environment.
This, quite simply, is a wonderful book. Alexandra Morton makes a strong case for the orca's continued life on earth. She does this so remarkably well and in such an engaging style that you'll find yourself quickly drawn into the story of her life and research work with whales.
This richly illustrated and designed book describes the earthly processes and events that shape the land and wildlife of the Southwest. The writing and research are excellent and there's something new to be learned on every page.
Wild Wings is a beautiful collaborative effort between author Jane Yolen and her son, Jason, the book's photographer. The images, both visual and verbal, can't help but engage a child's interest and nurture a desire to learn about birds. For ages: 10-12.
Through verse and bright, colorful illustrations, children will delight in the tiny world of ladybugs. They'll learn something too as they watch them grow from small larvae with long, skinny legs into a bright and beautiful red beetles with shiny black spots. For ages: 3-8.
When you spend time in the outdoors you'll see them: rocks with crusty patterned growths of orange and yellow, trees with dangling, wispy dark green beards, and forest floors laid with a soft, creamy, moss-like carpet. They're lichens and this is the book to use to identify them: the first definitive guide to lichens in North America. It's a masterpiece of imagery, text and science. Be prepared: it's comprehensive, nearly 800 pages long, but the authors and publisher have carefully designed it to be useful to all, specialists and novices, alike.
Bird Tracks & Sign is an innovative, major new contribution to the study of North American birds and is destined to become an indispensable reference.
Hiking the Sierra Nevada is a user friendly, rock-solid guidebook with clear writing, useful topographic maps, inviting photos, and it's conveniently sized to fit in the side pocket of your pack.
If you're planning a climb in Alaska, this is the book to consult. Nicely designed and well-written, it covers history and climbing routes throughout the state.
It's all here in one well organized, well illustrated and well written book: equipment, clothing, technique, navigation, safety, camping and trip planning. The title says it all. It truly is the complete sea kayaker's handbook.
Packed with solid and useful advice, use this creatively designed and colorfully illustrated book to plan treks and explore the mountains of distant lands.
Laura and Guy Waterman weren't the first to write about the impacts of recreation on wild lands, but their book Backwoods Ethics, originally published in 1979, is still with us today, and still remains a thoughtful and sensible call to action. The book has a significant following, particularly in the east, where many of their original suggestions continue to guide trail building and land management programs.
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