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Award honors books on the outdoors

The National Outdoor Book Award winners were recently announced. The winning books all focus in one way or another on the outdoors.

Laramie resident and author Sophie Osborn has been a judge in the Natural History Literature category for the last five years. She loves the broad range of topics that the contest brings in, and the new voices she can discover in the entries.

“We have a very outdoorsy population in Wyoming, and for people like that, the National Outdoor Book Award provides a really diverse list of great books on interesting and relevant topics,” Osborn stated.

The winner in the Natural History Literature category is “Telling Our Way to the Sea:  A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez”  by Aaron Hirsh. This year’s honored books also include an instructional book on snow travel and a field guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Chelsea Biondolillo is originally from Portland, Oregon and comes to Laramie by way of several southern cities, including New Orleans, Austin, and Phoenix. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming in creative nonfiction and environmental studies and her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Phoebe, DIAGRAM, Birding, and others. Chelsea loves plants, birds, and rocks, and tries to spend as much time as she can around them.