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.
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.”
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.