- Welcome to the Book Club!
We are all set to launch our fall online book group! We hope you will consider joining us as we savor the delectable book, Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The subtitle sums it up well: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.
According to the biographical information on the back cover of the book, “Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation…She lives in Fabius, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Kimmerer’s writing is delicious, and to listen to the audio version in which she reads her writing is a delight. Here’s a little tease, maybe appetizer, for you:
You could smell ripe strawberries before you saw them, the fragrance mingling with the smell of sun damp on the ground. It was the smell of June, the last day of school, when we were set free, and the Strawberry Moon, ode’mini-giizis. I’d lie on my stomach in my favorite patches, watching the berries grow sweeter and bigger under the leaves. Each tiny wild berry was scarcely bigger than a raindrop, dimpled with seeds under the cap of leaves. From that vantage point I could pick only the reddest of the red, leaving the pink ones for tomorrow.
Even now, after more than fifty Strawberry Moons, finding a patch of wild strawberries still touches me with a sensation of surprise, a feeling of unworthiness and gratitude for the generosity and kindness that comes with an unexpected gift all wrapped in red and green. “Really? For me? Oh, you shouldn’t have.” After fifty years they still raise the question of how to respond to their generosity. Sometimes it feels like a silly question with a very simple answer: eat them.
Did it work? Want to read more? Are you ready to join us? We will meet every two weeks for 6 sessions, reading 5-6 chapters for each session (reading 3 chapters a week, which should be fairly easy), and will begin on Wednesday, September 30th. We will probably offer two groups – an afternoon time and an evening time – if numbers warrant it, so please reserve a spot by contacting us. When you do please indicate your preference for afternoon or evening, and please let us know if one absolutely doesn’t work for you.
The books are available in the Kelowna area at Mosaic Books (shop locally and independents first!), and across our region through Chapters/Coles and through amazon.ca.