How to Save the World in Your Spare Time by Elizabeth May

This guide to grassroots activism was written by Elizabeth May when she was Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada, before she became leader of the Green Party of Canada. At that time she travelled the country helping local activists organize campaigns to protect things in their communities. Worried about aerial pesticide spray on the … Continue reading How to Save the World in Your Spare Time by Elizabeth May

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl is one of those books that celebrates the intelligence and wonder of plants, like The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. But that’s not all. It’s also a book that criticizes the current scientific funding model of grant applications and gatekeepers, and shows how academic research really works. And it’s also a … Continue reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

This is a first-book for author Alicia Elliott, spawned from the National Magazine Award-winning title essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground.” It reads like an award-winning book, and not at all like a first-book. That first essay centers on the English-translation of the Mohawk phrase for depression and mental-illness. And doesn’t depression make … Continue reading A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

This Place: 150 Years Retold

This Place: 150 Years Retold is a powerhouse anthology of Indigenous stories, presented in graphic novel form by writers and artists like Katherena Vermette, Richard Van Camp, and Chelsea Vowel. Each writer takes a piece of history from 150 years of Indigenous-Settler relations in the land currently known as Canada, and conjures an immediate, emotional … Continue reading This Place: 150 Years Retold