PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

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The PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences. The winner receives a cash award of show more $10,000 and will be honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

Official award page

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalists

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Longlists show less
Stages:
All, Winner (16), Shortlist (53), Longlist (84)
Categories:
All, Runner-up (3), No Category (108)
Years:
All, 2023 (10), 2022 (10), 2021 (10), 2020 (10), 2019 (10), 2018 (10), 2017 (10), 2016 (10), 2015 (9), 2014 (10), 2013 (6), 2012 (3), 2011 (3)

Winner 16

Shortlist 53

WorkYear
Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey by Florence Williams2023
Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage by Rachel E. Gross2023
Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution's Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction by David George Haskell2023
The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math by Manil Suri2023
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong2023
Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven2022
The Memory Thief: And the Secrets Behind How We Remember--A Medical Mystery by Lauren Aguirre2022
The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein2022
Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World by Lisa Wells2022
Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer2022
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght2021
The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman2021
Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs2021
The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers by Emily Levesque2021
The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah2021
Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal2020
Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition by Patricia S. Churchland2020
On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galapagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden by Elizabeth Hennessy2020
The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail2020
Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich2020
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb2019
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser2019
The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself by Andrea J. Buchanan2019
Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater2019
She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer2019
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris2018
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron2018
Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery2018
No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers2018
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky2018
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores2017
How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie2017
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren2017
The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish by Emily Voigt2017
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett2016
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star by Tom Clynes2016
The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World by Joel K. Bourne Jr2016
Island on Fire: the Extraordinary Story of Laki, the Forgotten Volcano that Turned Eighteenth-Century Europe Dark by Alexandra Witze2016
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson2015
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert2015
The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era by Craig Nelson2015
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers2015
High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart2014
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard2014
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink2014
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter2014
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem2014
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell2013
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean2013
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen2013
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik2013
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn2012
Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram2011

Longlist 84

WorkYear
Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey by Florence Williams2023
Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage by Rachel E. Gross2023
Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution's Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction by David George Haskell2023
The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math by Manil Suri2023
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong2023
Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers by Erica Hannickel2023
A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain by Sara Manning Peskin2023
The Wine-Dark Sea Within: A Turbulent History of Blood by Dhun Sethna2023
Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist by Frans de Waal2023
Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test: How Behavior Evolves and Why It Matters by Marlene Zuk2023
Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven2022
The Memory Thief: And the Secrets Behind How We Remember--A Medical Mystery by Lauren Aguirre2022
The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein2022
Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World by Lisa Wells2022
Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer2022
This Is the Voice by John Colapinto2022
Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways by Tyler J. Kelley2022
Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth by Avi Loeb2022
Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade by Nathaniel Rich2022
Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race by Shanna H. Swan2022
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght2021
The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman2021
Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs2021
The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers by Emily Levesque2021
The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move by Sonia Shah2021
A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You by Sean B. Carroll2021
Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live by Nicholas A. Christakis MD PhD2021
Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells by Harold McGee2021
The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women by Sharon Moalem2021
Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever by Bijal P. Trivedi2021
Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal2020
Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition by Patricia S. Churchland2020
On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galapagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden by Elizabeth Hennessy2020
The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail2020
Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich2020
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson2020
Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory of Subjective Experience by Michael S. A. Graziano2020
The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains by Joseph LeDoux2020
Hot Carbon by Professor John F. Marra2020
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells2020
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb2019
The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser2019
The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself by Andrea J. Buchanan2019
Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater2019
She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer2019
What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker2019
Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World by Marcia Bjornerud2019
The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum2019
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen2019
Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly2019
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris2018
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron2018
Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery2018
No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers2018
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky2018
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett2018
The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here? by Lawrence M. Krauss2018
The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival by Robert Jay Lifton2018
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen2018
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us by Richard O. Prum2018
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman2017
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe2017
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee2017
Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith2017
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel2017
The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self by Anil Ananthaswamy2016
Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved by Marcia Bartusiak2016
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen2016
Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffrey A. Lieberman2016
Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time--and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything by George Musser2016
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean2015
Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery by Catherine Musemeche MD2015
The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities by Caleb Scharf2015
Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle by Andreas Wagner2015
High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart2014
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard2014
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink2014
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter2014
Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem2014
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes2014
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach2014
Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own by David Toomey2014
What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren2014
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk2014

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The PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and will be honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

Official award page

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalists

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Longlists (English, Member-written)
The PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and will be honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

Official award page

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award winners

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalists (English, Member-written)
The PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences. The winner receives a cash award of $10,000 and will be honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

Official award page

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award winners

Book awards: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Longlist (English, Member-written)

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