Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. Here’s a reading list of 11 Canadian books (fiction, poetry, and non-fiction) about the environment, animals, climate change, and more.
A memoir of the Cree activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, Life in the city of dirty water covers her entire life: from playing with toy airplanes as a way to escape domestic and sexual abuse and enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada’s residential school system; to become a young man who fought against racism and violence, but also spent time in juvenile jail; become a committed activist. By the way, Thomas muller he remained tied to his Cree heritage and spirituality. This debut is a narrative and a vision of healing and responsibility.
Thomas muller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation located in northern Manitoba. He has campaigned on behalf of indigenous peoples around the world for more than 20 years, working with numerous organizations.
18:50Clayton Thomas-Müller on life in the city of sewage
parasitic oscillations examines a variety of philosophical and ethical dilemmas to inform and question. Against the backdrop of ecological collapse, these poems draw on Madhur Anand’s work in the arts and sciences and experience life between North American and Indian cultures.
Madhur Anand is a poet and professor of ecology at the University of Guelph. She is the author of A New index to predict catastrophes Y This red line goes straight to your heartwho won the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction.
Maude Barlow counteracts the prevailing atmosphere of pessimism and offers lessons of hope that she has learned from a lifetime of activism. Barlow has been involved in three main movements: second wave feminism, the battle against free trade and globalization, and the fight for water justice. She emphasizes that effective activism is about building a movement and finding like-minded people rather than focusing on the goal.
Barlow is a Canadian activist and writer. She is the author of 20 best-selling books and served as Senior Advisor on Water to the United Nations General Assembly. Barlow was a leader in the campaign for water to be recognized as a human right. She lives in Ottawa.
the sunday magazine24:05Maude Barlow reflects on a lifetime of activism and the keys to not giving up
Elder of the Cowichan Luschiim Tribe Arvid Charlie passes on the traditional teachings he received from his own elders when he was young, his great-grandparents, and members of his generation, in this book of regional plants and medicines. Luschiim’s plants collects over 140 plants, from algae and seaweeds to mushrooms and fungi, ferns and fern-related and more, including their common, scientific, and Hul′q′umi′num′ names, as well as where they are found and how to keep them to them.
The book is nominated for 2022 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Award and Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.
Luschiim Arvid Charlie was born in Quamichan in 1942 and lives in the Duncan, BC area. He began learning about plants from the elders at a young age and has dedicated his life to learning about the natural world and sharing traditional knowledge. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Malaspina College-University for his work in protecting the environment, teaching Coast Salish culture, and preserving the Hul’q’umi’num language.
Nancy J. Turner is an award-winning ethnobotanist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 30 books, many of which are collaborations with indigenous communities to document and preserve traditional knowledge about plants, foods, materials, and medicines. She has been adopted by Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw, Songhees, and Nisga’a families.
Raccoon is a nonfiction look at the common raccoon that examines why the animal thrives in Canadian urban settings and how the raccoon benefits from climate change. Raccoon explores how they have adapted to urban life and how they are seen in some indigenous cultures as a trickster or transformative figure.
Daniel Heath Justice is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Badger Y Why indigenous literatures matter.
13:19Daniel Heath Justice in Raccoon
Halifax author David Huebert named his latest collection of short stories after Chemical Valley, a region in Sarnia, Ontario, with a large number of plants and refineries. Many of Huebert’s characters make a living in the petrochemical industry, but they also see the impacts of climate change.
Huebert is the author of two collections of poetry and two works of fiction. His first collection of short stories, sinking of the peninsula, it won the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award and was shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Fiction. he won the Short Story Award 2016 for his story Enigma.
What the hell27:02Get comfortable with climate fiction
garden physics is a collection of poems dedicated to the joy of caring for one’s own garden. Using flowery language and poetic verse, garden physics he revels in the joys of nature, weather and color, and how the garden functions as a place of growth and healing.
Sylvia Legris is a Saskatoon poet and author originally from Winnipeg. She has published several volumes of poetry, including The hideous hide Y nervous storm, which won the 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Pat Lowther Award.
13:09Sylvia Legris on garden physics
Don McKay invokes “the unholy wonders of the wild” in his poetry, exploring the world’s awe-inspiring, often “untold” natural wonders, from rivers and trees to lichens and birdsong. The poetry reels with complexity, wonder, and concern, as it contemplates human complicity in mass extinction.
Don McKay is the author of 14 books of poetry, including sliding strikewhich won the Griffin Poetry Prize, Camber, selected poems Y angle mismatch. McKay has taught poetry at universities in Canada. She currently lives in St. John’s.
Premee Mohamed’s novel takes place long after climatic disasters have wreaked havoc around the world. The annual migration of clouds takes place on the abandoned campus of the University of Alberta, where a community of survivors cobble together an existence while dealing with an incurable disease.
Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and author of speculative fiction in Edmonton. His series Beneath the Rising received nominations for the Crawford Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and the Aurora Award.
the sunday magazine17:21Premee Mohamed Talks About Turning Sci-Fi Tropes On Their Head
Biologist suzanne simard discovered the reality of the interconnectedness and intelligence of the forest. He has been able to discover that the trees are whispering to each other, communicating not through the wind, but through the ground. The new scientific memory of him, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, describes his life and research.
In search of the mother tree was the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Contest grand prize winner and a category winner for the mountain environment and natural history award. He was also nominated for the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Award.
Simard is a British Columbia-based author and academic who grew up in the Canadian forests as a descendant of loggers. She is a professor in the Department of Forestry and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Simard defended Life in the city of dirty water by Clayton Thomas-Muller in canada reads 2022.
19:37Suzanne Simard on the search for the mother tree
A series of strange ecological phenomena begin to occur around the world: a 2.5-mile-high volcano erupts in New York City and causes a media frenzy, an avalanche of lemons triggers a juice boom for a company in California and a human being becomes a magical green and growing thing that intends to gobble up everything in its path. The stories and narrators in John Elizabeth Stintzi’s novel reflect a variety of social responses to ecological trauma, including a desire to capitalize on it.
John Elizabeth Stintzi is a writer from northwestern Ontario, currently based in Kansas City, Mo. His work Junebat Picks won the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the 2019 Malahat Review Long Poem Award. her poetry collection, Junebat, was published in the spring of 2020. He is also the author of the novel disappearing monuments, who was a finalist the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.
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