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I’ve written about the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA) before, in a post about good stem cell books for kids. Well, CSWA has just released its Short Lists in the 2015 Science in Society Book Awards competition, and with CBC’s Canada Reads having just completed – I’m in the middle of The Hero’s Walk and have already finished The Illegal – you may be ready for some new reading material.

CSWA curates two lists: children/middle school and general (for big people). Here are the contenders:

Short List for the 2015 Science in Society Children/ Middle Grades Book Award competition:

  • The Spider by Elise Gravel, Penguin Random House.
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars by Maria Birmingham; illustrated by Josh Holinaty, Owl Kids Books.
  • DNA Detective by Tanya Lloyd Kyi; illustrated by Lil Crump, Annick Press.
  • Power Up! A Visual Exploration of Energy by Shakar Paleja; illustrated by Glenda Tse, Annick Press.
  • The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See by Cybèle Young, Kids Can Press.

Short List for the 2015 Science in Society General Book Award competition:

I have not read Peter Cullis’ entry, but the subtitle for his book is “How Diagnosing and Treating Disease Are About to Change Forever,” so there could be a stem cell or regenerative medicine connection. Same with Alanna Mitchell’s book as she is writing about cancer and its treatments.

Tim Caulfield's book coverIs Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything” is about debunking the bad science that “flows from celebrity culture.” On the face of it, one doesn’t see an obvious connection from the book to our community; however, author Tim Caulfield is an outspoken critic of stem cell tourism and a well-known presence in our community. He is even this year’s Program Chair for the 2016 Till and McCulloch Meetings. (Shameless plug.)

You won’t have long to wait for the winners. CSWA will announce them later this month on Canada Book Day (who knew we had one of those!) on April 23rd. If you pick up one of these titles, do comment below with a thumbs up or down.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.