The Santa Monica Public Library has announced the winners of the fifth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards and will host a ceremony on Oct. 27 dubbed “Sense & Sustainability.”

The library is awarding prizes in 10 categories. The 2011 Green Prize Pioneer Award, which honors a writer who has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues, will go to Bill McKibben, author and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org. McKibben was proclaimed in 2010 by the Boston Globe to be the “country’s most important environmentalist.”

At the ceremony, guests will be able to learn from local experts and Green Prize recipients about sustainable trends, buying and eating local, and grass roots action.

The winners of the 2011 awards are:

• Anthology

“The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crisis,” by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch, published by Watershed Media.

• Economics

“The Story of Stuff,” by Annie Leonard, published by Free Press.

• Photography

“Earth Then and Now: Amazing images of Our Changing World,” by Fred Pearce, published by Firefly Books.

• Science and Nature

“Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet,” by Bill McKibben, published by Times Books.

• Fiction

“Anthill,” by E.O.Wilson, published by W.W. Norton & Co.

• Youth Fiction

“Watch Out World: Rosy Cole is Going Green,” by Sheila Greenwald, published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

• Youth Picture Book

“This Tree Counts!” by Alison Formento, illustrated by Sarah Snow, published by Albert Whitman & Co.

• Early Childhood Nonfiction

“The Earth Book,” by Todd Parr, published by Little, Brown & Co.

• School Age Nonfiction

“What Does it Mean to Be Green?” by Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Chris Blair, published by Little Pickle Press.

The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature was established to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.

City Hall’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

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