Turning Homeward Selected as a "Notable Book" for the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Awards

Turning Homeward has been selected by the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Awards committee as one of the 2016 books that best captures the spirit of humans’ relationship with nature.
Mountaineers Books Mountaineers Books
April 22, 2017

Adrienne Ross Scanlan's first book, Turning Homeward:  Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild  published by Mountaineers Books, has been selected as a "Notable Book" by the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Awards (SONWA) 2016. The award recognizes those books that best captures the spirit of our relationship with nature.

Turning Homeward tells the story of how Scanlan—as a newcomer to Western Washington—immersed herself in nature restoration as a way to understand the land she’d moved to, to make it her home through volunteerism, and to work past the grief of her father’s recent death. What she learned on her journey is that nature can be found even in places we don’t expect to find it, and that in striving to restore it, we can heal ourselves, as well. Turning Homeward is published by Mountaineers Books and was released in September 2016 (hardcover, $17.95 before member discount).

The Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) was established in 1991 to both honor the memory and literary legacy of Sigurd F. Olson and help support and encourage the work of contemporary writers who seek to carry on his tradition of quality nature writing. 

Turning Homeward is a work of thoughtful atonement. Scanlan writes honestly and tenderly about what has not worked in mending her life, and the lives of salmon and urban streams, as well as what has," Story Circle Book Reviews

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