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Nautilus Book Awards is an annual accolade of books in the genre of social and environmental justice, established in the US in 1998. The award carries a monetary prize and seeks to recognize books in multiple categories that "make a difference and inspire." The award is named for the nautilus shell, as a symbol of wisdom and growth.
One gold and one or more silver awards are usually made annually in each of 24 adult and 4 children's/young adult categories.
The Nautilus Book Award recipients are selected through a three-tier process presided over by an assembly of editors, professors, writers, librarians, publishers, schoolteachers and bookstore owners. Since the judging process requires consensus at three levels, which is not always achieved, there may be no books awarded in some years. The judging process also allows for concurrent awards.
- Rachel Carson Prize
- National Book Award
- Bancroft Prize
- Pulitzer Prize
- Walt Whitman Award
- Thomas Merton Award
- Woodrow Wilson Awards
- National Magazine Awards
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