It's hard to imagine an author who has written more eloquently or with as much insight about the sense of place as Scott Russell Sanders. It's no wonder that the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation has selected Sanders to be the recipient of the 2010 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.
This the second time the award has been given. Last year, James Alexander Thom was the first Indiana writer to be so honored. The award brings a $10,000 prize with a $2,500 grant to be given to a library of the author's choice.
In more than 20 books, Sanders has plumbed what it means to live in the American Midwest, particularly in his part of it, Bloomington, where he has distinguished himself as a professor at IU. But Sanders has also established a reputation as being one of this country's finest writers about humans and our relationship with the natural world. His work came to prominence in an era that's likely to be known as a golden age for American nature writing; Sanders can be thought of as the Midwestern counterpart to such authors as Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams and Wendell Berry.
A master of the personal essay, Sanders experiences the world through a deeply ethical lens. For more information about Sanders' work, visit www.scottrussellsanders.com. And to learn more about the Indiana Authors Awards, go to www.indianaauthorsaward.org.