The winners of Santa Monica Public Library’s 2009 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature were announced at an awards presentation October 3rd in the Main Library Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

The winning authors, illustrators, and publishers were invited to attend, as well as members of the sustainability community and city staff. The public was also invited.

Prizes were awarded in the categories of Adult Nonfiction, Adult Reference, Adult Local Impact, Youth Fiction, Youth Nonfiction, Youth Picture Book, and Youth Reference. There was also one adult and two youth honor books announced.

This year’s Green Prize Pioneer Award, created to honor a writer who has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues, was awarded to Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist and founder of The Jane Goodall Institute. Refreshments were provided by the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market after the presentation.

The Green Prize encourages and commends authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.

For more information about the Santa Monica Public Library’s Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, (310) 458-8600 or