Published February 17, 2023

You’re invited to join us virtually to celebrate these extraordinary writers. The 2023 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Award will be presented to winners Corban Addison and Isabelle Chapman during this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. The two awardees will be recognized for demonstrating the power of writing to capture some of the most important environmental issues facing Southern communities. In his book Wastelands, Corban Addison details how a close-knit community battled the polluting practices of large-scale industrial hog farming. Isabelle Chapman’s piece exposes how a heap of toxic coal ash waste threatens one of North America’s most biodiverse river systems in Alabama.

Heather McTeer Toney, acclaimed author and expert on environmental and climate justice issues, serves as this year’s featured speaker at the ceremony. Her latest book, Before the Streetlights Come on: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions, will be released in April 2023.

Advance sign up requested. Please register using the link below. The first 150 people to register will receive a copy of Addison’s Wastelands at the event.

Join us virtually to celebrate these extraordinary writers. This event has SOLD OUT for the in-person portion. Use the link above to register for the live stream.


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