FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (August 16, 2011): The six finalists competing for the 2010 Lane Anderson Award were announced today by Hollister Doll and Sharon Fitzhenry, Directors of the Fitzhenry Family Foundation. 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. The winner in each category will receive $10,000. Winners will be announced on September 14, 2011. The finalists in the young reader category are listed below.
”We want to honour the very best science writing in Canada and were especially pleased at the quality of the 44 titles submitted this year. The final shortlist was determined on relevance of 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,” said Doll and Fitzhenry.
2010 Lane Anderson Prize Young Reader Finalists are:
Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be
Written and illustrated by Daniel Loxton
Kids Can Press
Brought to life by amazing computer-generated images, illustrations and photographs, Evolution is an accessible introduction to a fundamental process of life on earth.
Daniel Loxton is Editor of Junior Skeptic, the children’s section of Skeptic magazine.
JURY COMMENTS: “This tour-de-force of science writing will spark the imagination of readers as they contemplate how we and other creatures came to be.”
The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest
Written by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read
Photos by Ian McAllister
Orca Book Publishers
Illustrated with over seventy of Ian McAllister’s magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, bears and other unique creatures that live there.
Ian McAllister, a founding director of both the Raincoast Conservation Society and Pacific Wild, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Nicholas Read, works as a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver.
JURY COMMENTS: “Gorgeous photographs and a wealth of information on sea wolves, their environment and how they interact make this book a comprehensive package. It is splendidly produced.”
Written by Peter McMahon
Illustrated by Andy Mora
Kids Can Press
Take a trip through the evolution of train technology, from when coal-burning engines were king to the ultimate in train design for the 21st Century – magnetic levitation trains or maglevs.
Peter McMahon has written for CTV, the Toronto Star, Yes Magazine and was senior on-line producer for the Discovery Channel.
JURY COMMENTS: “An accessible layout draws readers into a futuristic world, original hands-on interactive activities are innovative and clever, this book will inspire the next generation of transportation scientists and engineers.”
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 is administered by Christopher Alam, a partner at the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.
For further information, please contact:
Debby de Groot
MDG & Associates
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