Writer wins award for works on Chesapeake

May 09, 1999

Tom Horton, The Sun's environmental columnist and the author of several books on the Chesapeake Bay, will receive the Maryland Library Association's 1999 Maryland Author Award.

Horton, a Wicomico County resident, was born and raised on the Eastern Shore, which has been the subject of his books. His works include "Bay Country" (1987), "Swanfall: Journey of the Tundra Swans" (1991), "Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay," with William Eichbaum (1991), "Water's Way: Life Along the Chesapeake," with David Harp (1991), and "An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake" (1996).

Horton will receive the award May 20 in Hagerstown.

He has been an environmental reporter and columnist for The Sun since 1976, with a break from 1987 to 1992, when he taught and wrote for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Established in 1996, the Maryland Author Award is awarded for literary merit to writers with ties to Maryland. They are awarded each year on a rotating basis in these areas: adult fiction; books for young people; poetry; and nonfiction.

Previous recipients are Madison Smartt Bell for adult fiction, 1996; Mary Downing Hahn for books for young people, 1997; and Elizabeth Spires for poetry in 1998.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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