2018 John Burroughs Medal: The Songs of Trees

The Songs of Trees has been awarded the 2018 John Burroughs Medal for distinguished natural history writing. I’m honored that the book has been recognized in this way and feel very humbled to have the book listed among the list of awardees.

The book was also selected as Best Science Books of 2017 by NPR Science Friday and Favorite Science Books of 2017 by Brain Pickings.

I’m so grateful for the support of my readers. It is an honor and delight to be able to share these stories of the interconnections among trees and people.

Thank you.

And now, back to the woods where the first bloodroots are pushing into the rain-drenched litter.

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23 thoughts on “2018 John Burroughs Medal: The Songs of Trees

  1. Kim Jensen Wand

    I totally love you writing and enjoy looking up trees and plants and all kinds of fungi you mention! I’m not a science person but I do love learning about trees through your books! Thanks so much!

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  2. Mary Lou Knapke

    Thank you, David.
    It is such a privilege to
    Be on the earth together.

    I am proud and happy
    For you!!!!

    Thank you for your gifts
    For all of us.

    Sister Mary Lou,
    here in the boat with you! Does anyone see shore?
    (I think my dog and cat in their own dingy might know where we are going.)

    Do you think if we all lean toward goodness we can tilt the world?
    They say butterfly wings can….??!?

    “We men and women are all in the same boat, upon a stormy sea. We owe to each other a terrible and tragic loyalty.”
    – G. K. Chesterton
    (1874-1936)

    ******************************

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Peter H Wimberger

    Congratulations David! You’re very deserving. What a great list of award winners with another one of my favorites being last years winner!

    Phrom fone

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  4. Dave Crook

    David Haskell: Your spirit, enthusiasm, and knowledge shine in your writing….thank you for sharing all of this talent with your readers, Hurray!

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  5. Catherine Hafey

    Congratulations David. *The Songs of Trees* is a beautiful book.

    On Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 6:09 PM, David George Haskell wrote:

    > David George Haskell posted: “The Songs of Trees has been awarded the 2018 > John Burroughs Medal for distinguished natural history writing. I’m honored > that the book has been recognized in this way and feel very humbled to have > the book listed among the list of awardees. The book was ” >

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  6. Ralph

    Past awardees are a who’s who of the greatest natural history writers ever! Wow! And you have a place along side them and deservedly so. Congratulations David!

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  7. Dave Mills

    David, I loaned “The Songs of Trees” (with your inscription to my six-year-old grandson Henry) to a 93 year-old friend in a retirement community in our small town. She loved it and said she’d remember your words whenever she looked at a tree — any tree — from now on. That’s a nice compliment, eh? (Henry’s still too young to appreciate your words in the same way!) Anxiously awaiting your next book. Dave Mills, Jackson, Wyoming

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  8. azstroup1

    What a wonderful 2nd book! I urged my friends and neighbors to read the first one, and will do so again for this one. We all desparately need to comprehend the breadth and depth of the energy surrounding us. You help make that happen. Brad Stroup, Nashville

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