Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

"Braiding Sweetgrass" wins Sigurd Olson nature writing award

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards, Book news, Milkweed Editions Updated: May 7, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer's book, "Braiding Sweetgrass," published by Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis, is the winner of the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, given by Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

Kimmerer, who lives in Fabius, N.Y., is a professor environmental biology and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She will receive a $1,000 parize and will visit Northland College in the fall for a reading an the awards ceremony.

"Braiding Sweetgrass" is about the interdependence of people and the natural world, primarily the plant world. "The gift of Kimmerer’s book is that she provides readers the ability to see a very common world in uncommon ways, or, rather, in ways that have been commonly held but have recently been largely discarded," the Star Tribune review notes.

The Sigurd F. Olson award was established in 1991 to recognize remarkable literature that promotes Olson's values and captures the spirit of the relationship of humans in the natural world.

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