We meet every six weeks or so, upstairs, at Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington, downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our book choices are informed by the climate and extinction crises, environmental racism, and the need to foster a sense of possibility. All are welcome! Usually we choose a newish title but occasionally we return to classics, such as books by Aldo Leopoldo and Gary Snyder. We’ve read collections of poems as well as extremely practical guidebooks to the climate and extinction crises. The other day I was pleased to note that we’ve been meeting regularly since May 2015, even during the pandemic when we carried on virtually and via some lovely summertime patio gatherings.
Past titles include: How Far the Light Reaches (Sabrina Imbler), The Practice of the Wild (Gary Snyder), Fen, Bog & Swamp (Annie Proulx), An Immense World (Ed Yong), A Psalm for the Wild-Built and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Becky Chambers’s Monk and Robot series), Parable of the Sewer (Octavia Butler), The World As We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climate (edited by Amy Brady and Tajja Isen),
The Accidental Reef (Lynne Heasley), The Nutmeg’s Curse (Amitav Ghosh) Finding the Mother Tree (Suzanne Simard) The Ministry for the Future (Kim Stanley Robinson), Rescuing the Earth (Tony Hiss), The Seed Keeper (Diane Wilson), Hummingbird Salamander (Jeff Vandermeer), All We Can Save (edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson), A World of Wonders (Aimee Nezhukumatathil),
Let Them Be Left (Keith Taylor),Sacred Instructions (Sherri Mitchell). The Naturalist (by E.O. Wilson, graphic edition adapted by Jim Ottaviani),This Land Is Our Land (Jedediah Purdy), A Fine Canopy (Alison Swan), Trace (Lauret Savoy), Black Nature (Camille T. Dungy), A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety (Sarah Jaquette Ray), The Unsettling of America (Wendell Berry), Letters to a Young Farmer (Stone Barns),
Why Birds Sing (David Rothenberg), The Carnivore Way (Cristina Eisenberg), The Overstory (Richard Power), The Seaweed Chronicles (Susan Hand Shetterly), The Control of Nature (John McPhee), Braiding Sweetgrass (Robin Wall Kimmerer), High Tide Rising (Kathleen Dean Moore), and The Home Place (J. Drew Lanham).
Fun to remember: in 2019, as part of The World to Come exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), we took Eco Book Cub on the road and met at UMMA.