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SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

  Northland College has announced the winning 2017 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA). The SONWA committee awarded Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field by author Heather Swan the top prize in nature writing. “Swan takes an innovative look at the wonders of honeybees and…

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SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…

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SONWA Book Awards

On Earth Day each year, Northland College announces its choices for the best in nature writing for the previous year. Three authors are selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Established in 1991, SONWA honors the literary legacy of…

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2014 SONWA Winners Announced

Northland College announced today for Earth Day their choices for the best in nature writing this past year. Three authors have been selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Established in 1991, the SONWA honors the literary legacy of…

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Braiding Sweetgrass 2013 SONWA Winner

…Olson’s values, said Lissa Radke, who sits on the selection committee. Chosen from 51 nominations, “The SONWA committee chose ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ because of its skillful weaving of very different fields of knowledge: indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers and extensive scientific research about botany…

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SONWA 2015 Winners

Rivers, Water, and a North Woods Girl

In time for Earth Day, Northland College has announced the winning 2015 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) in adult, young adult, and children’s literature. The winners include: For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey, by Kurt D. Fausch, (Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, Oregon),…

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Conf to Highlight The Power of Story

…and the conservation of ideas and imagination.” Northland College, as a liberal arts institution focused on sustainability and the environment, is ideally positioned to hold this conference, Russell said. Northland is also home to the annual Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Awards (SONWA). The 2015 children’s and young adult literature award…

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2016 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners

Northland College announces Book Awards for Earth Day

Northland College has announced the winning 2016 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) in adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Since 1991, the SONWA has honored the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College, and is the namesake of the College’s environmental institute, by…