GGBooks Finalists in Conversation: Reckoning with Nature, with Jenna Butler & J.B. MacKinnon

Jenna Butler, J.B. MacKinnon and Tara Henley

GGBooks Finalists in Conversation: Reckoning with Nature, with Jenna Butler & J.B. MacKinnon

Jenna Butler, J.B. MacKinnon and Tara Henley

5:00pm

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Join two Governor General’s Literary Award finalists for a conversation about society’s fraught relationship with the natural world, and the personal reckonings required to combat climate change. Poet and farmer Jenna Butler shares her experience keeping hives in northern Alberta as documented in Revery: A Year of Bees, from her deeply personal connection with the vital creatures to the bigger picture of colony collapse due to big industry. J.B. MacKinnon addresses the paradoxical effects of a consumption-based economy in The Day the World Stops Shopping, and how—despite best efforts to “green” our consumption—a decline in global carbon emissions is yet to be seen.

Interviewer: Tara Henley

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) to celebrate the 2021 non-fiction finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books. The winners will be announced by the CCA on November 17.

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Conversation

Join two Governor General’s Literary Award finalists for a conversation about society’s fraught relationship with the natural world, and the personal reckonings required to combat climate change. Poet and farmer Jenna Butler shares her experience keeping hives in northern Alberta as documented in Revery: A Year of Bees, from her deeply personal connection with the vital creatures to the bigger picture of colony collapse due to big industry. J.B. MacKinnon addresses the paradoxical effects of a consumption-based economy in The Day the World Stops Shopping, and how—despite best efforts to “green” our consumption—a decline in global carbon emissions is yet to be seen.

Interviewer: Tara Henley

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) to celebrate the 2021 non-fiction finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books. The winners will be announced by the CCA on November 17.

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo       GG Books & Canada Council for the Arts logo

Conversation

Featured Authors

Jenna Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road (NeWest Press, 2013), Wells (University of Alberta Press, 2012) and Aphelion (NeWest Press, 2010); an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge the of Grizzly Trail (Wolsak and Wynn, 2015); and a poetic travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard (University of Alberta Press, 2018). A professor of creative writing and environmental writing at Red Deer College, she lives with seven resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta's North Country.

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J.B. MacKinnon is the author or co-author of five books of non-fiction. An award-winning journalist, his work has appeared in such publications as the New Yorker, National Geographic and the Atlantic, as well as the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at UBC, where he teaches feature writing. MacKinnon’s latest book is The Day the World Stops Shopping. Previous works include The Once and Future World, a bestseller about rewilding the natural world; The 100-Mile Diet (with Alisa Smith); and Dead Man in Paradise, which won the Charles Taylor Prize. He lives in Vancouver.

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Tara Henley is a Canadian writer, broadcaster and author of the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller Lean Out: A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on CBC Radio and CBC TV, as well as in the L.A. Times, the Guardian and the Walrus. She is currently a books columnist for Metro Morning, and is syndicated on shows across Ontario. A finalist for the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, Henley is a contributor to the Globe and Mail’s books section and regularly moderates and speaks at events.

Read more about Tara Henley

5:00pm

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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