2018 Green Book Festival Winners

GREEN BOOK FESTIVAL NAMES “THE MYTH OF ‘SILENT SPRING’” FOR TOP HONORS


SAN FRANCISCO_ A book that re-examines the role of Rachel Carson’s acclaimed book Silent Spring in the environmental movement is the grand prize winner of the 2018 Green Book Festival, which honors works that contribute to greater understanding, respect for, and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.

Author Chad Montrie’s The Myth of Silent Spring: Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism (University of California Press) is an analytical look at how Carson’s book became the guidepost of the environmental movement, and the problems with that assumption.

Since its publication in 1962, Silent Spring has often been celebrated as the catalyst that sparked an American environmental movement. Yet that stipulation misses the long history of the movement dating back to the 19th century. By challenging the canonical “songbirds and suburbs” interpretation of Carson’s work, the book gives readers a more accurate sense of the past and better prepares them for thinking and acting in the present.

Montrie and other winners in the competition will be honored at a private reception in San Francisco in June.

Other winners in the competition:

GENERAL FICTION:

WINNER: Touch - Courtney Maum

RUNNER-UP: Parts Per Million - Julia Stoops

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • The Search for Zarahemia - Terry Neal
  • A Homeland Dell – Alene Adele Roy


GENERAL NON-FICTION:

WINNER: Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World – Ellen Moyer

RUNNER-UP: Extreme Cities – Ashley Dawson

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Back to the Basics – Lindy Kedro
  • Over and Under the Pond – Kate Messner with art by Christopher Silas Neal
  • Tips and Tidbits For Parents and Teachers – Pat Kozyra


CHILDREN’S BOOKS

WINNER: All The Dirt: A History Of Getting Clean- Katherine Ashenburg

RUNNER-UP: To Burp Or Not To Burp – Dr. Dave Williams/Loredana Cunti

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Rewilding – Jane Drake/Ann Love
  • The Super Sustainables - Albin Gielicz and Gonen Yacov
  • The Twin Dolphin’s Adventure – V. A. Boeholt
  • Why Don’t I Look Like You? – Abyan Junus-Nishizawa & Farah Landemaine
  • Daisy, Bold & Beautiful – Ellie Collins
  • Woodwoo: The Little Sasquatch - Michael Spring


ANIMALS:

WINNER: Birds Make Nests - Michael Garland

RUNNER-UP: Paddle Perch Climb Bird Feet Are Neat – Laurie Ellen Angus

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • An Army of Ants, A Colony of Bats - Sherry Meinberg


BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

WINNER: The Man Who Knew Everything – Marilee Peters

RUNNER-UP: Glorious Times: Adventures of the Craighead Naturalists – Tom Benjey

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • With Angel’s Wings – Stephanie Collins


SCIENCE FICTION

WINNER: Biodivinity – Charissa N. Soful



SPIRITUAL:

WINNER: My Life With Angels – Scott Friedman



YOUNG ADULT

WINNER: A Homeland Dell – Alene Adele Roy

RUNNER-UP: Gaia's Prophecy - Isabel de Navasqüés y de Urquijo


PHOTOGRAPHY/ART

WINNER: Snake Medicine- Sacred Earth Sites: Seeing the Unseen – Scott Angus & Emily Sopensky


WILD CARD

WINNER: Coyote Sunrise – Nikki Broadwell


HISTORY

WINNER: The Myth of Silent Spring: Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism - Chad Montrie


SCIENTIFIC

WINNER: Caulerpa Conquest – Eric Noel Munoz


HEALTH AND WELLNESS

WINNER: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian - Nancy Addison