Idaho’s book of the year for 2015 is “Idaho Microbes: How Tiny Single-celled Organisms Can Harm, or Save, Our World,” by Steve Stuebner.The book received the Idaho Library Association Book of the Year Award for 2015. The award recognizes the book that has made an outstanding contribution to literature by an Idaho author or made an outstanding contribution to materials about Idaho, according to a news release. “Idaho Microbes,” which delves into the role of single-celled organisms in beer, white pine rust and healthy soil, also won a silver medal in the science category from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The book was published by Boise State University. Stuebner and co-author/editor Todd Shallat both reside in Boise.
The book “Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858” received an honorable mention from the association. The book was edited by Dennis W. Baird, a retired University of Idaho professor; Diane Mallickan, a Nez Perce park ranger at the Nez Perce National Historic Park at Spalding; and William Swagerty director of the John Muir Center at the University of the Pacific in California. It was published by Washington State University Press.