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:

June 27, 7 – 9 PM
Mill Creek Cafe
9562 – 82 Avenue NW

This month’s book is Dream Work by Mary Oliver.

One of the themes running through this season is looking at ways to see humans as part of nature, rather than separate from it. American poet Mary Oliver, who passed away in early 2019, explores these ideas throughout her work. Her quiet, meditative poems often look at ways to find belonging, meaning, peace, and solace from grief on a walk along the coast or through a forest.

Dream Work features one of Mary Oliver’s most famous poems, “Wild Geese”. Other highlights include “Two Deliverances” and “Driving Through the Wind River Reservation: A Poem of Black Bear”.

Later this year:

The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, And As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon

The Culture of Nature: North American Landscape from Disney to the Exxon Valdez by Alexander Wilson

Plus more to come.