Best American Science Writing 2009

BestAmericanScienceWriting2009My contributor copies came in the mail yesterday for Best American Science Writing 2009. My article about West Africa’s last herd of wild giraffes, Looking Up, which was on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine in November, is included in the volume.

I haven’t read the book yet, but it looks intriguing. I’m in good company, with writers who have published in the Atlantic and the New York Times Magazine and other of the nation’s top magazines. I was heartened by seeing this beautifully done book — long narrative magazine articles and traditional book publishing are far from dead! Plus, my mother is a famous and accomplished scientist and it’s nice to do something to make her proud.

In other news, my husband’s picture was on the front page of the Medford Mail Tribune today because we were at my daughters’ school doing stewardship (well, he was. I was playing some weird pretend game with my 5-year-old son) as part of this year’s Michaelmas celebration. James pulled up heaps of blackberries. The journalist did not manage to spell his name right, but the photographer did.

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  1. Congratulations, Jennifer. I love the Best American books. I usually buy the short stories, poetry and travel series, but now I’ll look for this one–with your story in it. Thrilled for you!

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