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Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award: Nominations Close April 30, 2016

March 8, 2016

The Jan Garton* Prairie Heritage Book Award will be given for the best book of the year on the heritage of America’s mid-continental prairies, whether of the tall-grass, mid-grass, or short-grass regions. Books may be in any genre. Topics may include but are not limited to social or natural history; prairie culture of the past or in-the-making; and interactions between society and ecology. From its founding, Prairie Heritage Institute, Inc. has had a special focus on the African-American settlements of the Flint Hills of Kansas; therefore, books illuminating non-European prairie heritage are especially welcome.    Authors' first books are given special attention.   Also encouraged are books that confront the question of prairie ways of life—how denizens of the prairie, human and non-human, have lived or can live together without the destruction and exterminations that have characterized the past. The Prairie Heritage Book Award comes with a cash prize of $1000 and a sponsored reading and book-signing. Books published in 2015 are eligible for the next round of applications. There is no application fee. Books may be nominated by publishers, authors, or readers by sending two copies to: Prairie Heritage Book Award, Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge 11003 Lower McDowell Rd. Junction City, Kansas 66441 *Jan Garton (1949-2009), a native of Chapman, Kansas, is credited with saving Cheyenne Bottoms by leading the successful fight to restore water rights to this central Kansas wetland. Jan was a tireless defender of biodiversity and a lifelong advocate for the prairie. Upon her death, Prairie Heritage, Inc. received a bequest from Jan which endows this book award.

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