January 06, 2023
Read an Funny, Gentle Excerpt from Veterinarian David Waltner-Toews's Memoir of Backyard Chickens
When we think about the relationships between humans and animals that have changed the course of history, it's easy to default to the obvious: the horse, the dog, the ox. But there is a more humble animal ...
August 23, 2022
Michelle Kadarusman Brings Together Threatened Orangutans, Palm Oil Controversy, and Passionate Young Activists in Her New Novel
Humans and orangutans share 97% of our DNA, yet we have pushed these highly intelligent animals to the point of being endangered through habitat loss and human encroachment.Governor General's Literary ...
August 17, 2022
Read an Excerpt from Grace Vanderzande's Story of Life and Love as an Ontario Farmer
Grace Vanderzande didn't set out to be a farmer or a writer, but falling in love led her to become both. When she met her husband and he shared his dream of owning and farming land in eastern Ontario, ...
July 06, 2022
Beyond Flight: Etta Kaner Helps Kids Love Birds with Her Fascinating, Funny, Strange Book of Bird Habits
Anyone who is or knows a bird lover, knows that bird watching can be its own free, endless source of entertainment. In Etta Kaner's Dig, Dance, Dive: How Birds Move to Survive (Owlkids, illustrated ...
June 28, 2022
"I Stopped Wondering a Long Time Ago" Read an Excerpt from Katie Welch's Mysterious Bee Novel, Mad Honey
There are a lot of novels that open with disappearances, but very few with the return of the disappeared. Not only does Katie Welch's extraordinary new novel Mad Honey (Wolsak & Wynn) see Beck ...
January 27, 2022
Sharon King on How Her Beautiful New Picture Book Can Support Learners of the Ojibwe Language
Sharon King's Amik (Kegedonce Press) is a gentle and welcoming journey into the natural world. Amik means beaver in the Ojibwe language, and each page features Anishinaabemowin and English words to tell ...
December 22, 2021
Wrap Up 2021 with an Excerpt from Tim Bowling's Meditative Book of Essays, The Call of the Red-Winged Blackbird
For our final post of 2021, we're sharing an excerpt from a truly special book. Tim Bowling, the award winning author of more than twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, draws on sixty years ...
September 29, 2021
Helen Humphreys' Field Study Digs Through History Via the Connection Between People and Plants
Whether you've got a home filled with flourishing plant babies or a few bits of dried wheat in a jar, it's hard to deny the power of plants have to effect our mood and surroundings. Field Study: Meditations ...