Welcome to Love of Place. Most of my work celebrates our connection to the natural world.

Most recently, my Knocking on Heaven's Door is the winner in the category of science fiction in the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards and in the category of fiction in the 2016 Arizona Authors Association Awards. A number of reviewers have been enthusiastic, including the website Geeks of Doom, which makes me smile. Not many people know me as a geek of doom! But I am happy to embrace the complexity of my personality.

I'm also so pleased that Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World has been awarded the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, as well as the 2014 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction from Women Writing the West.

My historical fantasy Teresa of the New World won the 2015 Arizona Authors Association Award for best Children's Literature and was a finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Children's Literature, the WILLA Award for Children's Literature, and the May Sarton Award for Children's Literature.

These are nice landmarks in a writer's life. I would be writing regardless--but, still, whew. It's good to have some encouragement.

Feel free to contact me at http://www.sharmanaptrussell.com or through my author Facebook page, Sharman Apt Russell.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The men and women from the village of Chisangano, Malawi come out to greet Peter and me and the staff from Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities. We also have a wonderful video of me dancing with them. Those of you who know me well know how much I love to dance! But the documentary guy I hired to accompany me everywhere (okay, Peter, my husband, to whom I gave my little Nikon camera) didn’t turn off the video (I don’t really know how to do that either) and so that video is twelve minutes long, with ten minutes in total darkness, filming the inside of his pocket. These small-holder farmers also showed us their fields and talked about how they were getting increased yields with new practices of intercropping and burying the remains of some crops like cow peas into the soil. They are withstanding the current food emergency because they have adopted new agricultural practices and are providing their children and themselves a more diverse diet. We stopped to sing many times this day.

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