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Winners of 2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Announced

Date:  October 7, 2008
Contact:  Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian
Phone:  (310) 458-8922
Fax: (310) 458-1041

Santa Monica Public Library Announces Winners of
2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library announced the 2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award winners at a ceremony on Saturday, October 4.  This is the second year that the Library has presented the Green Prize Awards to honor authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.  The City of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs – environmental, economic and social – without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

Books published in the United States during the 2007 calendar year were eligible for the Prize.  Criteria include effective presentation of material; distinctive literary quality; and originality of scholarship.  Youth titles for consideration were required to have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in grades K-12.  

The 2008 Green Prize Winners are:

Adult Nonfiction
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming  
by Paul Hawken, published by Viking Press
Adult Reference
The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World
by Leslie Garrett, published by New World Library
Adult Local Impact

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes, and Stories from the Market and Farm
by Amelia Saltsman, published by Blenheim Press

Adult Honorable Mention
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver, published by Harper Perennial

Youth Nonfiction
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
By Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Rosemary Woods, published by Kids Can Press
Youth Picture Book
On Meadowview Street
written and illustrated by Henry Cole, published by Greenwillow
Youth Local Impact
The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming
by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, published by Orchard Books
Youth Honorable Mention
Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming
by Jean Davies Okimoto, illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell, published by Sasquatch Books

Pioneer Award
The Lorax
by Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Dr. Seuss,” published by Random House

For more information about the Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, visit, or call the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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