wins Mills Prize for Arctic literature
The Committee for the selection of the William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books has the pleasure to announce that Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend is the William Mills Prize winner for 2018.
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend is the title of both a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary book and a special exhibition through August 3, 2019 in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
Organized and edited by veteran Arctic anthropologist William W. Fitzhugh and Dental School lecturer and narwhal researcher Martin T Nweeia, the exhibition and book comprehensively unite what is known and erroneous about Monodon monoceros, the medium sized toothed whales uniquely identifiable by spiral tusks.
The winner was announced today at the biennial meeting of the Polar Libraries Colloquy held this year in Rovaniemi, Finland.
In addition, two other titles were given Honoray Mention: The Arctic Guide: Wildlife of the Far North by Sharon Chester and Lessons from the Arctic – How Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole by Geir O. Kløver.
Ten other titles were shortlisted. A full list of all nominations will be posted on the Polar Libraries Colloquy site shortly.
The Committee received 26 nominations for the 2018 cycle, the most ever since the inception of the prize in 2006. The William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books was established in memory of William Mills, a polar librarian and author, and a core member of Polar Libraries Colloquy during its formative years.
Thanks go out to all the nominators for submitting titles for the 2018 Mills Prize. The Committee also wishes to express our appreciation for the work and dedication that authors, editors and publishers poured into the 26 nominated works. Selecting a winner was not an easy thing this year.