PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, has announced that Biology Professor David Haskell is the runner-up for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his book The Forest Unseen.
The award is given for a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2012. The judges in the science writing category were Deborah Blum, Katherine Bouton and Jerome Groopman. The winning book was Subliminal, by Leonard Mlodinow.
The Forest Unseen also was named this spring as one of the three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in the general nonfiction category.
For more than 50 years, the PEN awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across such diverse fields as fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography and others.