Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Grass, Sky, Song makes three "Best Books of the Year" lists

At year end, Amazon.ca, The Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire make lists of the year's best books. Q & Q's paper edition and website call it, "The 15 Books That Mattered--Some are critical smashes, some are bookstore blockbusters. Some tackle difficult subjects, some are pure entertainment. Together, these are the books that had the biggest impact in 2009."

Here is a link to the entry for Grass, Sky. Song, where they (*blush*) say, "With a smattering of awards nominations this fall – for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, The Writers’ Trust Non-fiction Prize, and the Saskatchewan Book Awards – Grass, Sky, Song confirms Herriot as the pre-eminent prairie naturalist of his generation." GSS sits on the list with three other non-fiction books.

The Globe & Mail lists the top 100 books by category. GSS appears in the "Science, Religion, and the Environment" category (this is a category that might annoy some people but makes sense to me). The reviewer, well-known Winnipeg writer, Jake McDonald, calls GSS a "book-length prayer for the preservation of the last native grasslands and the birds that call them home. The book is as beautifully rendered as the land it celebrates. The writing, the illustrations and the design all rise to the level of art. Grass, Sky, Song is a mandatory buy for anyone who cares about birds and wild places."

Here is a link to the Amazon.ca page listing Grass, Sky, Song in their top 100 books for 2009.

The listings have links to the original reviews of the book.


  1. Congratulations, Trevor, not only for making these two very well-respected lists, but also for the two, that's TWO, Saskatchewan Book Awards you received on Saturday: the Nonfiction Award, and the Regina Book Award. And for the other prestigious nominations mentioned in your post.

    You have a wonderful blog, as well. Keep up the good work!

  2. Congrats...I now know what I'll be reading this Christmas Break!

  3. Thanks Hazel and "The World As I See It" blogger for your encouraging comments.


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