Book Club

In 2019, we’re doing a whole season focused on how humans and nature have shaped each other in Edmonton. We kicked things off with a live show to brainstorm question ideas, and now we’re exploring the history of dams, bears, climate change, and more.

Part of the process of creating this season was going through a big stack of books for inspiration, from authors like Carol Kaesuk Yoon and Alexander Wilson. To spread that intellectual joy and give listeners a peek behind the curtain, we’re doing a book club this season. Once a month, we’ll get together and talk about a book that’s helped inspire the podcast.

You don’t have to read the book to join in! Just drop by and join us to chat.

Next meetup:

October 30, 7 – 9 PM
Mill Creek Cafe
9562 – 82 Avenue NW

This month’s book is Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

There is a strange paradox in how we think of the plant and animal species that share space with us in cities. We get frustrated when dandelions pop up in our lawns, disgusted by cockroaches in our restaurants, and annoyed by crows and pigeons flying through our streets. What we often forget is that these species follow us into cities because we have made excellent habitat for their needs, and we have usually killed or excluded many of their competitors.

In Crow Planet, Lyanda Lynn Haupt shows us how much we can learn about our world, about ourselves, and about the fascinating and intelligent world of crows just by grabbing a notebook and looking outside our windows. And she shows us how to be aware of the spaces we make for crows and other urban wildlife (whether we realize it or not).