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2013 Lane Anderson Award Shortlist: Celebrating the Best Science Writing in Canada

Sep 02 2014 Published by under best science books 2013, Canada, science books

One of the highlights of the year for me is the Lane Anderson Award shortlist announcement.

From their website here and here:

The Lane Anderson designation honours the maiden names of Robert Fitzhenry's mother, Margaret Lane, and his wife, Hilda Anderson Fitzhenry. The Fitzhenry Family Foundation is a privately directed Canadian foundation established in 1987 by Canadian publisher Robert I. Fitzhenry (1918-2008).

The Lane Anderson Award will be administered by Christopher Alam, a partner at the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.

The annual Lane Anderson Award will honour two jury-selected books, adult and young reader, published in the field of science by Canadian-owned publishers, and authored by Canadians. The winner in each category will receive $10,000.

Two three-person jury panels drawn from the Canadian academic, publishing, creative and institutional fields will review submissions in the two categories.

I also like the text I used from their website last year:

The Lane Anderson Award honours the very best science writing in Canada today, both in the adult and young-reader categories. Each award will be determined on the relevance of its content to the importance of science in today’s world, and the author’s ability to connect the topic to the interests of the general trade reader.”

The annual Lane Anderson Award honours two jury-selected books, in the categories of adult and young-reader, published in the field of science, and written by a Canadian.

Which given my Canadianness and my very evident love of science books, and especially lists of science books and awards, is naturally something I'm very excited about.

Let's get to the award nominations for this year:

Nominees for the 2013
Lane Anderson Award

 

Adult Nominees

Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide
by Simone Hebert Allard (Turnstone Press)

Manitoba Butterflies sets a new standard for butterfly field guides, featuring 101 different species of Manitoba’s butterflies and over 1,100 photographs. For the first time in any Canadian field guide, the life cycles of all 101 species are detailed with photographs, some of which have never been published before. Each butterfly is presented over two pages in a clear and easy-to-follow format. Space is provided for butterfly lovers of all ages to track the species they find and the various stages of the life cycle they observe.

 

The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway
by Arno Kopecky (Douglas & McIntyre)

With Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway proposal nearing approval, supertankers loaded with two million barrels of bitumen each may soon join herring, humpbacks and salmon on their annual migration through the tumultuous waters off British Columbia's Central Coast--a place no oil tanker has been before. The contentious project has aroused intense opposition, pitting local First Nations, a majority of British Columbia's urban population, and environmental groups across the country against an international consortium led by Enbridge and backed by a federal government determined to make Canada an "energy superpower."

Arno Kopecky is a journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, The Tyee and Kenya's Daily Nation. He has covered civil uprisings in Mexico, cyclones in Burma, Zimbabwe's 30-year dictatorship and election violence in Kenya. He lives in Squamish, B.C.

 

The Peace-Athabasca Delta: Portrait of a Dynamic Ecosystem
by Kevin P. Timoney (University of Alberta Press)

“In the delta, water is boss, change is the only constant, and creation and destruction exist side by side.” The Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta is a globally significant wetland that lies within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. Arguably the world’s largest boreal inland delta, it is renowned for its biological productivity and is a central feature of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet the delta and its indigenous cultures lie downstream of Alberta’s bitumen sands, whose exploitation comprises one of the largest industrial projects in the world. Kevin Timoney provides an authoritative synthesis of the science and history of the delta, describing its ecology, unraveling its millennia-long history, and addressing its uncertain future. Scientists, students, leaders in the energy sector, government officials and policy makers, and conscientious citizens everywhere should read this lively work.

 
 

Juvenile Nominees

Chitchat: Celebrating the World’s Languages
by Jude Isabella art by Kathy Boake (Kids Can Press)

Award-winning children's science writer Jude Isabella has compiled everything a young reader would ever want to know about language into one accessible, visually stunning book. In lively text, both spoken and written language are explored, including: a basic history of human's use of language; how individuals learn language as babies, and why; how writing systems and alphabets differ; the many sources and uses of slang through the years; how languages evolved in different parts of the world; and why some languages became extinct. Throughout the pages, more than fifty world languages are highlighted and children are offered opportunities to try out some phrases. Each separate topic is covered on a two-page spread, making the content manageable and approachable, and each spread is enhanced with bite-size sidebars that relate to or expand upon the information presented. The entire book is colorfully illustrated throughout by Kathy Boake's striking and unique artwork.

 

Before The World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science
by Claire Eamer art by Sa Boothroyd (Annick Press)

Earth revolves around the sun. Washing hands helps stop the spread of disease. Poisons in the environment affect the entire ecosystem. Today, these ideas are common knowledge but at one time, they were all rejected. As is often the case, it can take years for people to accept a new idea or invention that changes the way they see the world.

 

Pterosaur Trouble
by Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith (Kids Can Press)

Follow the pterosaur, a majestic flying reptile, as he encounters a pack of tiny but vicious dinosaurs. A unique blend of digital illustrations and landscape photography brings the ensuing battle to life. Pterosaur Trouble is book two in the Tales of Prehistoric Life series. Dramatic stories + eye-popping visuals = a surefire hit with young dinosaur lovers.

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Best Science Books 2013: Foreign Affairs, Newsday, St Louis Post-Dispatch and more

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

Here's a bunch of lists:

Foreign Affairs: The Best Books of 2013 on Economic, Social, and Environmental Subjects

  • Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre

 

Newsday: Top 10 books of 2013

  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser

 

St Louis Post-Dispatch: Best books: 2013 offered a great ride for readers

  • Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel
  • On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield

 

America: The National Catholic Review: The Best Books of 2013

  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

 

The Georgia Straight: Critics Favourites

  • Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind by Ajit Varki and Danny Brower

 

Maclean's Top 20 Books Of 2013

  • The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism by Kristine Barnett
  • Behind the Shock Machine: the untold story of the notorious Milgram psychology experiments by Gina Perry

 

The Kansas City Star Best Books of 2013

  • Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

 

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Publisher's Weekly, Seattle Times, Quill & Quire, Bill Gates and more

Jan 05 2014 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

Here's a bunch for today:

Publisher's Weekly Best Nonfiction

  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performances by David Epstein
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

 

Publishers Weekly Staff: Our Favorite Books We Read in 2013

  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

 

Seattle Times: 31 of the best titles of 2013

  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  • Telling Our Way to the Sea — A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez by Aaron Hirsh
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

 

David Shaywitz/Forbes

  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton

 

Quill & Quire: Booksellers pick top non-fiction books of 2013

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

 

Biographile: From Muppets to Mansions: The Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2013

  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

 

Bill Gates

  • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future by Paul Sabin

 

The New Republic: The Best Books of 2013

  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes

 

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: The Guardian

Jan 04 2014 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's The Guardian Psychology books of the year – review, Science books of the year – review.

  • Strictly Bipolar by Darian Leader
  • The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz
  • How We Feel by Giovanni Frazzetto
  • What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?: How Money Really Does Grow On Trees by Tony Juniper
  • Churchill’s Bomb: A Hidden History of Science, War and Politics by Graham Farmelo
  • Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler by Philip Ball
  • Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World by Mark Miodownik

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Library Journal

Jan 04 2014 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Library Journal Best Books 2013 Top Ten, Sci-Tech.

  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  • The World’s Rarest Birds by by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, Robert Still
  • The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History by Richard J. King
  • Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David Moskowitz
  • Giraffe Reflections by Dale Peterson (text) & Karl Ammann (photos)
  • Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise by David Rothenberg

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Booklist Online

Jan 01 2014 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Booklist Online Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2013.

  • Catching Cancer: The Quest for Its Viral & Bacterial Causes by Claudia Cornwall
  • In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America by Laurie Edwards
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker through the Wild Sierra Madre by Tim Gallagher
  • Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know by Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax
  • Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin
  • Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Washington Post

Dec 31 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Washington Post Notable nonfiction of 2013.

  • Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare by Stephen Budiansky
  • Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism by Kristine Barnett
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: io9

Dec 31 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's io9 Holiday Gift Books for Lovers of Science and Science Fiction.

  • Southern Light: Images from Antarctica by David Neilson
  • Out of the Wild: Zoo Portraits by Boza Ivanovic, Barbara Stauss
  • Earth from Space by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin, Sylvia A. Earle
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson
  • Backyard Ballistics, 2nd Edition by William Curstelle
  • Zero to Maker by David Lang

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Brain Pickings

Dec 30 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Brian Pickings: The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013, The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013, The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013, The Best Photography Books of 2013, Cats, Dogs, and the Human Condition: The Year’s Best Books about Pets and Animals, The 13 Best Art and Design Books of 2013.

  • This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works edited by John Brockman
  • You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim
  • On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
  • Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
  • Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet
  • Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
  • Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science by Dorion Sagan
  • Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect by Matthew D. Lieberman
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • Wonders of the Solar System by Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  • Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists by Ainissa Ramirez
  • Oliver Byrne. Six Books of Euclid edited by Werner Oechslin
  • Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?: Big Questions and Instant Answers by Gemma Elwin Harris
  • Darwin: A Graphic Biography by Eugene Byrne, Simon Gurr
  • Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age by Jack Copeland
  • Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
  • Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction edited by John Brockma
  • This Is Mars by Alfred McEwen, Francis Rocard, Nicolas Mangold, Xavier Barral
  • The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell
  • Fritz Kahn by Uta and Thilo von Debschitz
  • The Best American Infographics 2013 by Gareth Cook

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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Best Science Books 2013: Science for the People!

Dec 28 2013 Published by under best science books 2013, science books

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that I can find around the web in various media outlets.

From the beginning it’s been a pretty popular service so I’m happy to continue it. The previous posts for all the 2013 lists are here.

This time it's Science for the People Science Up Your Holidays.

  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Maris Wicks
  • Mountainfit by Meera Lee Seth
  • Speaking to My Madness: How I Searched for Myself in Schizophrenia by Roberta Payne
  • The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw
  • Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity by Roger Wiens
  • National Geographic Angry Birds Furious Forces: The Physics at Play in the World's Most Popular Game by Rhett Allain

(Disclaimer: I selected Primates for this list as one of 2013's guests of the Science for the People podcast/radio show)

I'm always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven't covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy. The summary post for 2012 books is here and all the posts for 2012 can be found here.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Quiet or Steve Jobs or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or maybe even something else from the today's list.

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