PRESS RELEASE – August 24, 2007

The Great Lakes Water Wars Wins 2007 Great Lakes Book Award

Contact: Jaime Jennings, Island Press
Phone# 202.232.7933 ext. 44

(MADISON, WI)—Peter Annin’s book, The Great Lakes Water Wars, has just received the 2007 Great Lakes Book Award, a prestigious prize from the Great Lakes Booksellers Association. The award is given to only three books each year, and The Great Lakes Water Wars took top honors in the general/nonfiction category.

“After three years slaving away on the manuscript, it’s nice to get this kind of recognition,” Annin said. “The book recently went into its fourth printing, so it seems to have touched a nerve in the Great Lakes region.”

The Great Lakes Water Wars has often been called the definitive book on the Great Lakes water diversion controversy. It delves into the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona to Asia. Annin provides a behind-the-scene account of the struggle over Great Lakes water, as the eight Great Lake states and two Canadian provinces try to implement an unprecedented accord designed to protect the lakes from unwarranted water diversions. The Great Lakes Water Wars tells the colorful story of the on-going effort to conserve this invaluable freshwater resource, and the book serves as an important warning about what could happen if the lakes are left unprotected.

Annin will accept the award, which includes a $500 cash prize, on Friday, September 28th at the Great Lakes Booksellers Association annual trade show in Schaumberg, IL.

Other winners this year were Sara Gruen for her bestselling work of fiction, Water for Elephants, and Catherine Gilbert Murdock, for her children’s story, Dairy Queen. Past winners of the general/nonfiction award include Studs Terkel and Alex Kotlowitz.

The Great Lakes Booksellers Association was established in 1991. The book awards were created in 1995 to recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region.

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