Award-winning books to stock in the new year


This year's National Outdoor Book Award winners have been announced.

2015 National Outdoor Book Award Winners

Need to freshen up your book department in 2016, or just looking for a good holiday read? The National Outdoor Book Association has announced the winners of this year's awards.

Winning titles this year include a 115-year-old story of a grizzly bear, the history of Patagonia’s Cerro Torre, which is famously challenging to climb, and a novel about a 95-year-old native Alaskan who sets out to carve his last great canoe.

Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Research and Education and Idaho State University. They’re given to authors of the best in outdoor writing and publishing.

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2015 winners:

Classic AwardWahb: The Biography of a Grizzly, by Ernest Thompson Seton

Non-Fiction Outdoor LiteraturePaddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience and Renewal in the Arctic Wild, by Jennifer Kingsley, and The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre, by Kelly Cordes

Fiction Outdoor LiteratureJimmy Bluefeather: A Novel, by Kim Heacox

History/BiographyFinding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, by Sean Prentiss

Instructional - NOLS River Rescue Guide, by Nate Ostis

Nature GuidebooksGuide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Pacific, by Kate Wynne

Outdoor Adventure GuidebooksField Guide to Oregon Rivers, by Tim Palmer

Children’s BooksThis Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon, by Nancy Plain

Design & Artistic MeritThe Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography, by Thomas D. Mangelsen

Natural History Literature - The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us, by Diane Ackerman

Nature & The EnvironmentThe House of Owls, by Tony Angell

Find a complete list of winners, including honorable mention books, and application guidelines at


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