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Finalists for 2014 Lane Anderson Awards Announced

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:

Adult Category
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

Young Reader
L.E. Carmichael
Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild
Publisher: Ashby-BP

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.

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Deadline Extended to May 22 for 2014 Lane Anderson Award

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).

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