February 22, 2017 Melanie Windridge

Aurora wins ASLI Choice Award

ASLI award for Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights

ASLI award for Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights

A month ago my book Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights won the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Choice Award in the “popular” category for 2016.

Recipients of the three different awards with ASLI representatives.

Recipients of the three different awards with ASLI representatives (my friend Andy is in the middle with my award).

The award was presented at the 20th Atmospheric Science Librarians International Conference, part of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle on Wednesday 25th January 2017. My friend Andrew Gillet, left centre, was kindly able to accept the award on my behalf. I received the plaque in the post just last week.

Each year, the ASLI Choice Committee reviews books published during the year for those that excel in criteria that include uniqueness, comprehensiveness, usefulness, quality, authoritativeness, organization, and illustration. Here’s what they said about Aurora:


“Our group found your book to be a very accessible description and explanation of the Aurora. Writing through the locations of your travels and in pursuit of your quest also made it enjoyable.”

 

Me holding my ASLI award plaque.

Me holding my ASLI award plaque.

I was, of course, delighted to win the award. I was motivated to write Aurora by my own desire to see and understand the northern lights, and to explore the Arctic. I loved it – through the trips, the hardships and the intense writing phase. It was a beautiful purpose, a beautiful adventure, and to know that others have enjoyed reading about it – that they have gained something from it, however small – is wonderfully gratifying.

So thank you, ASLI!

To top it all off, Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights comes out in paperback tomorrow, 23rd February 2017! And its compact size makes it much more suited to taking on your travels.


Paperback cover of Aurora by Melanie Windridge

New paperback cover of Aurora by Melanie Windridge


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Melanie Windridge Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in fusion energy and is Communications Consultant for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy, as well as working in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and Your Life. Melanie loves the mountains and believes science and exploration go hand in hand.

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