A Flash of Silver

Wed May 03 2017


These are the kind of subject lines you like to see in an email: "Joyful News: You Have a Nautlius Award Silver Winner." This was an email sent to my publisher, Braided River, and copied to me. It was my first notice of a Silver Medal in the Nautilus Book Awards.

Just wrapping up its 19th year in operation, the Nautilus Book Awards recognizes books that "transcend barriers of culture, gender, race, and class, and promote conscious living & green values, spiritual growth, wellness & vitality, and positive social change." Its mission is "to make more visible a wide subject range of Better Books for a Better World." For the 2016 competition, Nautilus received entries from 36 states in the U.S., and from 12 other nations. The Nautilus program "celebrates books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities and global citizens." Unlike the Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Nautilus accepts entries from author self-published works to small press to the large publishers.

My photoethnography of Southwest Alaska, Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska's Bristol Bay, was awarded a Silver Medal in the "Green Living and Sustainability" category. It was one of four titles to earn a 2016 Nautlius Book Award from last year's titles from The Mountaineers Books / Braided River.

Where Water is Gold joins a powerful but short list of Braided River titles that have earned a Nautilus Book Award: To the Arctic, Florian Schulz (Gold Medal, 2012); Salmon in the Trees, Amy Gulick (Gold Medal & Silver Medal, 2011).

Purchase a signed copy of this multiple-award-winning book today!


Cover, Where Water is Gold