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2017 Green Earth Book Award â€śLong Listâ€ť Announced â€” Brattleboro, Vermont
indie publisher has 3 titles on the list!
Geen Writers Press has recently been notified that three of our childrenâ€™s books from the Sprouts for Kids Childrenâ€™s Book line have been long listed for a national award for environmental stewardship in publishing,Â the 2017 Green Earth Book Award. The Nature Generation created the Green Earth Book Award to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment. This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility we have to protect it.
The Green Earth Book Award recognizes books in five categories â€“ Picture Book, Childrenâ€™s Fiction, Childrenâ€™s Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Nonfiction. In each category, the author/illustrator are awarded $1,500.Â The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.
1.Â Broken Wing
Green Writers Press has recently publishedÂ Broken WingÂ posthumously by celebrated Vermont poet David Budbill.Â Broken WingÂ is the story of one manâ€™s love for birds and efforts to save a rusty blackbird that canâ€™t fly south for the winter. The author worked closely with publisher Dede Cummings in order to finish the book before he died in late September of this year. The publisher enlisted local artist Donald Saaf, who illustrated the pages with stunning black and white collages that bring the book to life. The book is appropriate for young adult readers and adults.Â InÂ Broken Wing, David Budbill has composed a monumental love letter to the natural world, an astute and minutely observed portrait of the avian inhabitants of a mysterious hillside orchard. The Man Who Lives Alone in the Mountains, a reclusive keeper of the earth whose soul is devoted to one injured rusty blackbird, embodies a narrative voice compelled to witness, in the rhythm and brutality of the seasons, the intimate patterns of the wild creatures surrounding his home. Budbillâ€™s lyrical storytelling effortlessly transports the reader into his realm with a rare and poetic beauty.
KABOOM!Â is the candidly comical and dynamic story of Cyndie and Ashley, two spunky and spirited teens from coal country West Virginia, who become activists overnight when their beloved mountain is threatened by Big Coal. This expertly crafted coming of age and rise to activism novel tracks the girlsâ€™ experience as they start their own club, Kids Against Blowing Off Our Mountaintops, as they explore the power of grassroots activism, and even as they both begin to fall in love for the first time. Â KABOOM!, published on Earth Day (April 22, 2016) by Green Writers Press, utilizes humorous narration and the lively dialogue of impassioned characters to make serious environmental issues more accessible for adolescents. This Young Adult novel can be categorized as a Romantic Comedy â€śCli-Fiâ€ť (Climate Fiction), one sure to inspire teens to evoke positive change in the world around them.
Â The author, Brian Adams, is a recently retired professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College in western Massachusetts. His first novel,Â Love in the Time of Climate Change, was aÂ Foreword ReviewsÂ IndieFAB Gold Medal Winner for Humor.Â He is active in the environmental movement andÂ now devotes his time to writing romantic comedies centered on environmental activism. Brian lives with his wife in Northampton, Massachusetts.
2.Â Did Tiger Take the Rain?
Charles Norris-Brown was born in the small town of Warren, Pennsylvania. He completed a PhD degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1984, based on fieldwork in the inner hills of Uttarakhand, India. His other research his took him from India to the rainforest of Borneo, and to forest communities in eastern Canada and the Appalachian region of the USA. While visiting the Corbett National Park in India, he decided to combine his art, anthropology, and concern for the environment to focus on writing and illustrating childrenâ€™s books. In time, he would visit western Nepal in 2011 and 2012, and develop what would become his first childrenâ€™s book,Â Did Tiger Take the Rain?,Â an exquisitely told and illustrated tale of a Himalayan land without rain, of frightened farmers, and of courageous girls who go into the forest seeking an answer from the tiger they believe has stopped the rain out of anger. As one of the girls, Anjali, learns,Â ‘We all live under the same sky.’Â The combination of gorgeous watercolors, a forest adventure, and the notion that children can act to make life better, creates a vibrant emotional message that welcomes multiple readings.
Review copies available upon request by contacting the publisher or distributor.Â Authors and artists are available for interviews (David Budbillâ€™s daughter, Nadine Budbill, is the spokesperson for her father).
Upcoming spring titlesÂ include:Â Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss FarmÂ by Vermont legend and communard, Peter Gould;Â One Manâ€™s MaineÂ by environmental essayist, Jim Kroschell;Â A Field Guide to Murder and Fly FishingÂ by fiction writer Tim Weed;Â Walking Through the Seasons: Observations and ReflectionsÂ by Marilyn Neagley;Â Learning to See in Three DimensionsÂ by Pamela Spiro Wagner;Â Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont PoetryÂ edited by Chard deNiord and Sydney Lea with an introduction by Dan Chiasson;Â Last CorrespondenceÂ poems by Leland Kinsey, edited by Howard Frank Mosher;Â Clothesline ReligionÂ poetry by Megan Buchana; and for Children:Â Josie Meets a Jaguar, Book 2 in theÂ Josie Goes GreenÂ Series by Beth Handman and the Bruno family of Brooklyn, NY.Â
April 7th, at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont, the press will be featured at the annualÂ Earth Day celebrationÂ and reading.
OF NOTE: Our children’s picture book,Â Ralph Flies the Coop, will be “flying” to the BolognaÂ International Children’s Book Fair this spring.
All titles are distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, New York and Tennessee and available wherever books are sold.
Green Writers Press is a Vermont-based, global publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal. Read more atÂ http://www.greenwriterspress.
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We are a growing Vermont publisher with exciting news to share!
Other news onÂ upcoming books:
Having written more than eight novels, including My Amputations and Dirty Bird Blues, alongside a dozen books of poetry, Chicago Heat and Other Stories is Clarence Majorâ€™s second work of short fiction and first book with Green Writers Press is coming out September 6, 2016. Here is a quote from Clarenceâ€”and we are honored to be his publisher!
At the same time one of the most pressing issues for all of humanity is the environment, namely climate change. I would like to support efforts to bring about awareness of the problem. We are running out of time. â€”Clarence Major
And last, but not least:Â We are so excited about Green Writers Press having 5 finalists in the annual Foreword Reviews IndieFAB Book of the Year Awards:
Richard Jarrette, A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dancesâ€”Poetry
M Jackson, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Changeâ€”Memoir
Lauren Alderfer, Teaching from the Heart of Mindfulnessâ€”Education
Leslie Rivver, Blackberries and Creamâ€”Juvenile Fiction
Sydney Lea, What’s the Story? Reflections on a Life Grown Longâ€”Essays
â€śThe 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,â€ť said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews magazine. â€śThe strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.â€ť
Please welcome, ANNA MULLEN, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Assistant Editor!
Anna is a poet, naturalist, and aspiring morning person from the suburban foothills of the North Carolina Appalachians. She has special love for writings about the sea, speculative fiction, animal consciousness, psychologies of climate change, and queer ecology. She studied Environmental Literature at Middlebury College and as a poetry fellow at Bread Loaf Orionâ€™s Environmental Writers’ Conference. Most recently she served as Treleven, Inc.â€™s writer-in-residence, working on poetic and scientific sketches of their sheep flock in New Haven, VT.
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Here at Green Writers Press, we are busy planning our Spring Book launch set for April 24th at 3:00 PM at Next Stage Arts in Putney. We are also busy celebrating all things African-American and honoring our newest authors who write so eloquently about race and the struggle for equality. We join the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
We’d like to tell you about a few books that we are honored to publishâ€”one is just out this past year, and the other forthcoming in 2016!
Blackberries and Cream is the compassionate and insightful story of a young white girl balancing her love for her African-American caregiver and her depressed mother in 1960s Alabama. Full of Southern charm and subtle wisdom, this novel explores the meanings of love, family,Â and courage in a heartfelt coming-of-age tale that will resonate with children and adults alike. This novel comes at a poignant moment in our society when racial prejudices still linger and the challenges to diversity in children’s literature remain difficult to confront. Blackberries and Cream is perfectly suited to help cultivate awareness about these issues, inspiring meaningful reflection and discussion in young readers. It is 210 pages long and can be considered childrenâ€™s fiction (middle grade to young adult readers) and historical fiction. We are hoping readers will spread the word.Â
This photo is from twenty years ago, of the author Leslie Rivver and her caregiver Ida Bell, who are the main characters in this semi-autobiographical novel we are promoting during Black History Month.Â â€Ş#â€ŽBlackHistoryMonthâ€¬
â€śBrimming with wisdom and mischief, this tender, heartfelt celebration of an abiding friendship between a white girl and her black caregiver in 1960s Alabama reminds us that the love we experience in childhood has the power to sustain us through a lifetime of change.â€ť
â€“Irene Latham, author ofÂ Leaving Geeâ€™s Bend
We are also thrilled to announce the upcoming story collection byÂ Clarence Major. Chicago Heat and Other StoriesÂ employs a gorgeous purity and simplicity of language in a series of masterful analyses examining human interaction. Each narrative voice comes forward all at once, individual and complete, without obstacle or complication, enabling the reader to see the characters and feel their emotions. Major does not shy away from the bitter or the harsh; we get to hear it all. Like paint on an easel he blends lyricality with moxie and the blunt with the beautiful. The characters come together as easily as they part; people leaving, coming back, going, stayingâ€”it all sticks and fades like heat on your skin. The imagery is completely accessible and generously given. Toni Morrison comes to mind. His work is like jewels.
Clarence Major’s list of works and achievements is an impressive one. From awards like the Pushcart Prize and National Book AwardÂ to fellowships like the Fulbright Fellowship and National Council for the Arts Fellowship, Clarence Major has established himself as a prominent literary figure. Having written more than eight novels, includingÂ My AmputationsÂ andÂ Dirty Bird Blues,Â alongside a dozen books of poetry,Â Chicago Heat and Other StoriesÂ is only his second work of short fiction and first book with Green Writers Press.
CLARENCE MAJOR is a prizewinning short story writer, novelist, poet and painter. As a finalist for the National Book Award he won a Bronze Medal for his bookÂ Configurations: New and Selected Poems 1958-1998. Â Major was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Bay Area Book Reviewers Book Award and The Prix Maurice Coindreau in France. He is the recipient of The Western States Book Award, The National Council on The Arts Award, a New York Cultural Foundation Award, The Stephen Henderson Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement (African-American Literature and Culture Society of The American Literature Association), the Sister Circle Book Award, two Pushcart prizes, the International Literary Hall of Fame Award (Chicago State University), the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and other awards. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis.
PRAISE FOR THE WORK OF CLARENCE MAJOR
â€śClarence Major has a remarkable mind and the talent to match.â€ťÂ Â Â Â â€”Toni Morrison
â€śA pioneer on the cutting edge of contemporary fiction.â€ť â€”Charles Johnson
â€ś[Majorâ€™s] language is both lyric and precise.Â His vision is both humorous . . . and serious.
His story is our own.â€ť Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€”National Book Award Finalist/citation forÂ Configurations
â€śClarence Majorâ€™sâ€¦ gathering of short stories has extraordinary technical and emotional force, that pushes the form to its contemporary limits without losing contact with its sources in legend, tall-tale,Â conte, yarnâ€¦Majorâ€¦proves that he is one of only a handful of American writers capable of doing significant work in more than one genre.â€ť â€”Russell Banks
Thanks for helping us spread the word about our growing press, especially the authors that help all of us celebrate our freedom and social justice, and foster increased awareness in environmental sustainability. Here is an eloquent quote from Clarence Major in support of our work at the press:
One of the most pressing issues for all of humanity is the environment, namely climate change.Â I would like to support efforts to bring about awareness of the problem. We are running out of time. â€”Clarence Major