Kolbert to receive book award for 'The Sixth Extinction'


WILLIAMSTOWN >> Elizabeth Kolbert, winner of the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction for "The Sixth Extinction," will be honored at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at the David & Joyce Milne Public Library.

Massachusetts Center for the Book is joining state Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi (D-North Adams) to present the award at the ceremony.

"The Sixth Extinction," a Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, New York Times bestseller and among its "Ten Best Books of the Year," is a sobering page-turner about how human beings have altered life on the planet.

Calling Kolbert "one of our very best science writers," Al Gore wrote in his New York Times book review: "(The Sixth Extinction) is a clear and comprehensive history of earth's previous mass extinctions — and the species we've lost — and an engaging description of the extraordinarily complex nature of life. Most important, Kolbert delivers a compelling call to action."

A Williamstown resident, Kolbert is a staff writer about politics and the environment at The New Yorker and the Class of 1946 Environmental Fellow-in-Residence at Williams College.

"Elizabeth Kolbert is a strong voice from the commonwealth who has gained recognition around the world for her thought-provoking writing about one of the pressing issues of our time," said Cariddi. "I look forward to honoring her for this important work."

The Massachusetts Book Awards, administered by Massachusetts Center for the Book, is one of the largest state book awards programs in the country. They are awarded to compelling literary works in five categories published in the previous year by Massachusetts authors or about a subject of particular interest to the commonwealth. The nationwide prominence of these awards is a reflection of the Bay State's historically strong culture of writing and publishing.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony on June 9. For more information, visit http://milnelibrary.org.



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