Toronto Lit Up: Mushrooming: The Joy of the Quiet Hunt by Diane Borsato
October 13 at 6pm
Join Diane Borsato on Thursday, October 13 from 6pm ET at Type Books in the Junction (2887 Dundas Street West) for the launch of her book Mushrooming: The Joy of the Quiet Hunt – An Illustrated Guide to the Fascinating, the Delicious, the Deadly and the Strange (D&M), illustrated by Kelsey Oseid. There will be a reception with refreshments, door prizes and other fun(gus).
Mushrooming: The Joy of the Quiet Hunt is a beautifully produced volume—filled with insights, anecdotes and details about more than 120 common and charismatic fungi from across the northern hemisphere. This book offers a new perspective on the fascinating, edible, deadly and strange world of fungi, from candy caps to earth stars, puff balls to poison pie, prized chanterelles, morels, hedgehogs and the bloodless destroying angel. It includes mushrooms named after fairies and demons, little brown mushrooms that are wildly hallucinogenic and phallic specimens prized as aphrodisiacs. There and mushrooms that are the colour of precious jewels and others that glow in the dark—and even mushrooms that look so much like woodland birds they are shot at by hunters. Here is a book that celebrates how mushrooming can radically expand our perspectives, connect us to nature and quietly enrich our lives.
Diane Borsato is an artist, naturalist and educator. She is an associate professor of Experimental Studio at the University of Guelph. She has exhibited her work involving mushrooms, bees, raptors, orchards and tea in galleries and museums around the world and was the co-editor and a contributor to the book Outdoor School: Contemporary Environmental Art (D&M, 2021). She lives in Toronto, ON. For more about Borsato, please visit her website.
Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and June 2022, Toronto Lit Up has presented 137 events to launch 161 books by 236 Toronto authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.