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Chelsea Green Author Wins Prestigious Environmental Writing Award

Chelsea Green is proud to announce that author Edward Hoagland will receive one of the nation’s most prestigious environmental writing awards — the John Burroughs Medal — for his 2011 book of essays, Sex and the River Styx.

Hoagland will receive the medal in April at a special ceremony of the John Burroughs Association, to be held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The John Burroughs Medal has been given annually since 1926 for books that combine scientific accuracy, firsthand fieldwork, and creative natural history writing. Past Burroughs medalists include Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez, Gary Nabhan, Julia Whitty, and Ted Levin, among others.

This is the second time a Chelsea Green author has won the prestigious Burroughs medal. In 1988, Lawrence Kilham won the award for his book On Watching Birds.

“Chelsea Green congratulates Edward Hoagland on this well-deserved award, and we’re proud to have worked with him on this collection of essays,” said Margo Baldwin, Chelsea Green’s president and publisher. “His book reflects a deep commitment to rekindling our human connection to the natural world; something we seem to have lost in today’s literature.”

Baldwin, and the book’s editor Joni Praded, will join Hoagland at the April ceremony.

John Updike called Hoagland, “The best essayist of my generation.” Edward Abby, Philip Roth, and Annie Dillard have all praised Hoagland’s writing and his insight into the natural world and our human place in it.

For more than 50 years, Hoagland has been one of America’s most celebrated observers of both human nature and the natural world. In Sex and the River Styx, readers follow Hoagland as he travels to Kampala, Uganda, Tibet and into his own personal memories as he ruminates about aging, love, and sex.


Chelsea Green Weekly for May 19, 2017

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Chelsea Green Weekly for May 12, 2017

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Chelsea Green Weekly for May 5, 2017

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In 1970, the first Earth Day celebrations were organized across college campuses in the United States, sparking a movement that Chelsea Green has both inspired and been inspired by for more than three decades. Today, as folks across the country prepare for a Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. next weekend, we’re pausing to reflect on how […] Read More
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