The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates the tenth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature with the program Eames Demetrios on Sustainable Design on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Director of the Eames Office, and grandson of Ray and Charles Eames, Eames Demetrios is a filmmaker, author, and creator of Kcymaerxthaere, a global project that tells the stories of this parallel world through books, performances, Internet, embroideries, guided collaborations, but perhaps most distinctively through installations. He is known for his commitment to communicating, preserving and extending the work of his grandparents, Ray and Charles Eames, who anticipated the many tenets of sustainability in their work in architecture and furniture design.

A book sale and signing, courtesy of Barnes & Noble, and a reception, featuring refreshments from Milo & Olive, follows the program. This year, the Library has awarded Prizes to ten titles.

The 2016 Green Prize Pioneer Award, which honors a writer who has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues, goes to Vandana Shiva – scholar, environmental activist, and author of over two dozen books, including her newest, Making Peace with the Earth.

The winners of the 2016 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards are:

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America by Liz Carlisle, Published by Gotham Books.

Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis, Published by Melville House.

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders, Published by Chronicle Books.

While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change by M. Jackson, Published by Green Writers Press.

A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka by Meera Subramanian, Published by PublicAffairs.

Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass by Mary Kay Carson, Photographs by Tom Uhlman, Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests by Sneed B. Collard III, Published by Bucking Horse Books.

Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, Published by Henry Holt and Company.

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot , Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty , Published by Charlesbridge.

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey, Published by National Geographic Children’s Books.

The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature is co-sponsored by the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and 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.

The City of Santa Monica’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.” For more information on the Green Prize, visit

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, 8, and R10. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the Library

-Submitted by Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian