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Locally Sourced: A List by Josh Massey

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Sometimes when we're writing and reading the world, we're talking about the world right outside our door, the world all around us. In this list of ecological/nature titles, Josh Massey takes on the nature/society dichotomy and recommends great books from Canada's Northwest. 

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Some books with the ecological/nature premise that might form an apt constellation include titles which are “locally sourced” from authors whose work I’ve engaged with over the last some years, and who weave words within the Northwestern part of Canada. The problem with the eco label being it can lead to focus on a generalized Humanity’s separation from a massive green entity called Nature, and society as something distinct from ecosystem, whereas the most interesting works are operating without this separation and know the omnipresent biomass in air and land which is everywhere we tread and which makes all books ecological in some sense.

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Lan(d)guage, by Ken Belford

This was and is a hugely influential book among the writers I know in Northern B.C.—and the first of th …

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Wild Summer Fun

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Sky and earth, large scale to small, these books cover the gamut of wild summer fun.

The Kids Book of the Night Sky, by Ann Love and Jane Drake, is a DIY resource for getting to know the summer sky. This one’s packed with stories from around the world (not just Greek legends) explaining the origins of the Milky Way, the waxing/waning moons, and the zodiac. Activities such as using stars to tell time, constellation flash cards, and heavenly word games are accented with four seasonal star maps, a glossary, astronomical riddles, and an interview with a star revealing his life story, from gas cloud to white dwarf.

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For more down-to-earth readers, there’s Canadian Wild Flowers and Emblems, by Colleayn O. Mastin. Each page contains a painting of a flower, illustrated by Jan Sovak, and a two-stanza poem outlining the origin of each flower’s name, its distinctive characteristics, and whether it’s edible or poisonous. All provincial flowers are noted, …

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