(From a press release from the Society of Environmental Journalists)
We are proud to announce that
Heart of Dryness by Jamie Workman
has been awarded the 2010 SEJ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award - First Place - by The Society of Environmental Journalists!
Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought
Walker & Co
James G. Workman
Judges were impressed by this book's originality and ambitious approach. Heart of Dryness explains the global water crisis through the eyes of the Bushmen of Botswana, a group of persecuted people who have learned to survive in the Kalahari Desert and its longstanding drought. Workman provided a point of view rarely found or captured in North American books and wrote with eloquence, grace and objectivity. Judges said he raised serious questions about how water has been used as a political tool and showed the bold steps some people from different walks of life will take to protect their sense of home.
SEJ's journalism contest is the world's largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics.