Kathleen Jamie is the recipient of the 2014 John Burroughs Medal

Photo by Eamon McCabe

Photo by Eamon McCabe

We’re thrilled to extend our congratulations to Kathleen Jamie, who’s been named the winner of the 2014 John Burroughs Medal for her essay collection, Sightlines.

The John Burroughs Medal is awarded to writers for outstanding work in nature writing, and was first created in 1926. It is given annually to honor the legacy of John Burroughs, credited with the standardization of the modern nature essay.

Sightlines is a landmark collection that details the natural world and our relationship to it. In precise and moving language Jamie explores her native Scotland, using personal history to inform the natural landscape. Through her travels, she’s taken to Norway to study the skeletons of whales, the frigid waters of the remote Scottish isles, and the Arctic north on an expedition to observe icebergs. Sightlines invites us to reconsider all that nature has given us.

Jamie will be flying in from her home in Fife, Scotland to receive her award on April 7 during the annual meeting of the Burroughs Association at a reservation-only luncheon at the American Museum of Natural History. More information for the event can be found at the John Burroughs Association website.

Congratulations again to Kathleen for her work on Sightlines.

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