Island Innovation is excited to announce the winners of our prizes for our 2020 Virtual Island Summit Giveaway,  which was available for free entry to all registrants. We have 13 island-related books that were won, featuring an incredible diversity of topics from around the world. Below, find summaries of each of these works.

1. Book: Home is Where the Water Is, Hung-Min Chiang

Winner: Edith Kemunto- Nairobi, Kenya

This lively memoir features the story of author Hung-Min Chiang as he lives through tumultuous times in East Asia, fraught by natural disasters and political unrest, before finally settling on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Throughout his journey and the book itself, Chiang reflects on the Daoist “Way of the Water”, which draws lessons for life from Nature.

2. Book: A World of Islands, Geoffrey Baldacchino

Winner: Gwendell Mercelina, Jr.- Willemstad, Curacao.

A global, research-based text that examines the diversity of island communities. This work examines the theoretical and political significance of islands with input from over 40 globally renowned scholars.

3. Book: Mariquita- Revisited, Chris Perez Howard

Winner: Pauline Stirling, Bembridge, Isle of Wight

This classic text examines the CHamorou experience on Guam during the Japanese occupation of Guam in World War II. Author Chris Perez Howard shares the experience of his mother throughout the war and highlights the experience of communities in Guam throughout the war in the Pacific.

4. Book: Euro-Caribbean Societies in the 21st Century, Sebastien Chauvin, Peter Clegg, Bruno Cousin

Winner: Omar Chedda– Kingston, Jamaica

This academic text examines the legacy of European colonization in the Caribbean, specifically former French, Dutch, and English overseas territories. This work examines cultural relations between these societies and the region at large, as well as the region’s financial and political significance.

5. Book: Listening for the Dead Bells, Marian Bruce

Winner: Holly Rankin- Texas, USA

This work explores the links between the Highlands of Scotland and Prince Edward Island, Canada. The author details historical supernatural beliefs held in the Scottish Highla

6. Book: Mother Tree, Olympia Terral

Winner: Yogi Pratama- Bali, Indonesia

This book, written for a younger audience, tells the tale of Atisa, the last surviving ‘Mother Tree’ of her species. She befriends the jungle creatures around her, even as she faces danger from all sides. This story inspires readers to protect the natural world around them.

7. Book: CHamoru Legends: A Gathering of Stories, Teresita Lourdes Perez

Winner: Mallory Morgan- Tamuning, Guam

A collection of stories from the CHamoru culture of Guam, featuring traditional folktales in both England and the CHamoru language. In addition to stories, this book features beautiful illustrations by artists from Guam.

8. Book: Be A Wave Maker, Vera Kruithof

Winner: Sitraka Nandrianina Tolojanahary, Madagascar

This collection of stories for all ages features the tales of 24 bold ocean lovers and their work to protect the seas they love. Author and scuba diver Vera Kruithof includes practical eco-advice, personal stories, and much more in her work.

9. Book: North Carolina’s Barrier Islands: Wonders of Sand, Sea, and Sky, David Blevins

Winner: Joeri Van Dun, the Netherlands

Photographer and ecologist David Blevins take his readers on a stunning visual journey through the barrier islands of North Carolina in the Southeastern US. Featuring images of the stunning landscapes, flora, and fauna, Blevin’s work inspires viewers to advocate for the protection of this rare and beautiful place.

10. Book: Lina’la: Portraits of Life at Litekyan, Richard Flores Taitano

Winner: Isabel Godoy Valdes, Concepcion, Chile

Litekyan, a region in Northern Guam, has a rich and storied cultural and ecological history. This work highlights lives and cultures in the region through the lenses of artifacts, images, and stories.

11. Book: Daylight Come, Diana McCaulay

Winner: Rachel Jackson, Georgia, USA

This novel features the plight of a mother and daughter seeking escape from a futuristic island ravaged by climate change. The author takes the reader on a thrilling journey through a post-apocalyptic society, in which packs of feral animals threaten survival, and the very sun shines too hotly for people to venture outdoors.

12. Book: Master Your Disaster, Leann Hackman-Carty

Winner: Lina Ravelojaona, Toronto, Canada

Natural disasters are happening everywhere. Earthquakes, hurricanes, and man-made perils have left communities anxious and confused about their own emergency preparedness. In this unique guide, preparedness and recovery expert Leann Hackman-Carty shows you how to prepare your family, business, and community for a number of devastating scenarios. Gleaned from years of experience with disaster recovery organizations, her specialized insight will help you understand the different levels of disaster preparation and recovery.

13. Book: On Harbor’s Edge, Kate Hotchkiss

Winner: Tracey Edwards, Clarendon, Jamaica

When an unsuspecting bride gets into a boat one stormy June day in 1912, Thaddeus takes her far out to sea to the end of Popplestone Isle. There, harbor folk welcome Mildred with hopeful joy, but she discovers the tiny fishing village is headed for a most dreadful end. On Harbor’s Edge is the first story in a series of dramatic, generationally layered tales from 1912 to the present. Some of the hurdles Mildred May Gale and her neighbors face still challenge those on small islands today.

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