Environmental preservation was the dominant theme tonight as the Fitzhenry Family Foundation presented authors L.E. Carmichael and Stephen Leahy with the prestigious Lane Anderson Award for the best science writing in Canada in 2014.
The Lane Anderson Award honours writers in two categories: adult and young reader. Winners receive a $10,000 cash prize for their work.
L.E. Carmichael, a Halifax-based science writer, received the award for her book Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild (Ashby-BP Publishing). The book, aimed at elementary school aged children, uses forensic science (e.g. DNA sampling) to solve crimes against wildlife.
In Your Water Footprint (Firefly Books), Stephen Leahy introduces readers to the Virtual Water Concept and to readers’ awareness of how much water is used in our everyday activities. Leahy is an environmental journalist from Uxbridge, Ontario.
“The Fitzhenry Family Foundation is excited to award two pieces of work that ultimately encourage protection of the earth’s resources and animal welfare,” said Holly Doll. “It’s important to us that Canadians are encouraged to read about science and the environment at both young reader and adult levels.”
The juries based their decision on the relevance of each book’s content to the importance of science in today’s world, as well as the author’s ability to connect the topic to the interests of the general trade reader. Books must have been published in English between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014.
Today, we are excited to announce the finalists for the best Canadian science books written in 2014.
Our jury panels evaluated submissions in two categories – adult and young readers. They arrived at their shortlist after evaluating the relevance of each book’s content to the importance of science in today’s world, as well as the author’s ability to connect the topic to the interests of the general trade reader.
The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize.
“The jury adjudicated science books on subjects as varied and topical as space exploration, fracking, and even underwater dinosaurs,” said Holly Doll, Award Manager for the Lane Anderson Award. “Canada has so many talented authors writing about science in today’s world, and the Lane Anderson Award is very pleased to celebrate their work.”
The shortlisted finalists for the 2014 Lane Anderson Award are as follows:
Bob McDonald Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure
Publisher: Douglas and McIntyre
Dr. Francois Reeves Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Heart Disease
Publisher: Greystone Books
Stephen Leahy Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products
Publisher: Firefly Books
L.E. Carmichael Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild
Daniel Loxton Plesiosaur Peril (Tales of Prehistoric Life)
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Maria Birmingham Tastes Like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body
Publisher: Owl Kids
Winners will be announced at a dinner in Toronto in late September.
The administrators of the Lane Anderson Award announced they have extended the deadline for the 2014 book prize to 12:00 p.m. ET on May 22, 2015. Submission details are available online.
The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada in two categories: adult and young reader. The jury will announce the 2014 winners at an event in Toronto in September 2015; the winner in each category will receive $10,000.
Jury panels drawn from the Canadian academic, publishing, creative and institutional fields will evaluate submissions in the two categories on the relevance of the book’s content to the importance of science in today’s world. They will also judge the author’s ability to connect their book’s topic to the interests of the general trade reader.
Past Lane Anderson Award winners include: The Universe from Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by Neil Turok (2012, adult), Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science by Claire Eamer, art by Sa Boothroyd (2013, young reader), Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest by Caitlyn Vernon (2011, young reader); and The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem by Kevin P. Timoney (2013, adult).