Red Clover Press

November 28, 2011 11:26 ET

First-Time Canadian Author Wins America's 2011 George Orwell Prize

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2011) - Canadian author F.S. Michael's Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything (Red Clover Press, 2011), a provocative look at the dominant story of our era, has been awarded the 2011 George Orwell Prize for outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse.

The announcement was made at a ceremony in Chicago last Sunday.

The annual prize, established in 1975, is awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which has over 35,000 members and subscribers worldwide. The award is given in memory of British author George Orwell, who is best known as the author of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the political satire Animal Farm.

Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything is based on wide-ranging research that shows how one of the stories we tell about who we are, where we come from, and where we're going is taking over the others, narrowing our diversity and creating a monoculture. Michaels shows that because of the rise of the economic story, six fundamental areas of life - work, relationships with others and the environment, communities, physical and spiritual health, education, and creativity - are changing, or have already changed, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Flora Stormer Michaels is a first-time author who lives in British Columbia. Her research and writing have been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and regional and municipal arts councils.

Michael Pollan won the prize in 2010 for In Defense of Food. Other recipients include Pulitzer Prize-winner Charlie Savage, television host Jon Stewart and the "Daily Show" cast, economist Juliet B. Schor, linguist Noam Chomsky, and cultural critic Neil Postman.

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