Reading the Future: Utne Reader January-February

It's that time of year: time for giving gifts to family and friends, making resolutions for the new year, and, of course, checking out who won the Utne Independent Press Awards. Now in its eighteenth year, the UIPA demonstrates that the independent press is alive and well, and still providing an alternative to the blandness that springs from the most massive publications of the mass market. Special congratulations go out to Ecologist, which captured the prize for environmental coverage in a very competitive field that included Grist, Green Car Journal and World Watch. Other winners include Wilson Quarterly (General Excellence, Magazines), In These Times (Political Coverage), and Seed (Science/Tech Coverage) . Follow the first link above, and you'll find a complete list of winners and nominees.

The other online goodie you'll get with this issue is a short article on Project Rwanda, "a U.S. nonprofit promoting the bike 'as a tool and symbol of hope" in this recovering African nation. For articles on the University of Guelph's organic agriculture program, green surfboards, Nigerian cinema and "the social significance of tea," you'll need to pick up a copy at your local bookstore or newsstand, or subscribe. ::Utne Reader, January-February 2007