Revery: A Year of Bees
160 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-13-8
"I hope you're okay in there, lovelies. I hope you're warm." After five years of working with bees on her farm in northern Alberta, Jenna Butler shares with the reader the rich experience of keeping hives. Starting with a rare bright day in late November as the bees are settling in for winter she takes us through a year in beekeeping on her small piece of the boreal forest. Weaving together her personal story with the practical aspects of running a farm she takes us into the worlds of honeybees and wild bees. She considers the twinned development of the canola and honey industries in Alberta and the impact of crop sprays; debates the impact of introduced flowers versus native flowers, the effect of colony collapse disorder and the protection of natural environments for wild bees. But this is also the story of women and bees and how beekeeping became Jenna Butler's personal survival story.
Q&A with Jenna Butler (Nancy Pearson, Victoria Festival of Authors, 22/09/2020)
"As we were saying just before the interview, there’s smoke in the air from the fires in California. People who are looking around them and looking at the ways in which we’ve impacted our ecosystem in devastating ways and maybe struggling with that question of: How do you find hope when it feels like maybe your sense of agency is so small? How do you find hope? How do you find a way through? How do you take meaningful action in such a way that it feels like your action, what you are able to do, is enough?"
An Interview with Jenna Butler (Jamal Ali, Freefall Magazine, 28/06/2020)
"People everywhere are tied together in this deep desire to connect with the land in a meaningful way."
Most Anticipated: Our 2020 Fall Nonfiction Preview (49th Shelf, 23/07/2020)
Jenna's book makes the list of Most Anticipated Fall 2020 non-fiction.
11 New Books That Will Change How You Think About the Climate Crisis (Sarah Neilson, Shonaland, 07/08/2020)
Jenna's book makes the list of 11 New Books That Will Change How You Think About the Climate Crisis.
Spring 2020 Books: What's Trending? (Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf, 03/02/2020)
Jenna's book is part of 49th Shelf's list of "What's Trending?"
Most Anticipated: Spring 2020 Nonfiction Preview (49th Shelf, 23/01/2020)
"After five years of working with bees on her farm in northern Alberta, Jenna Butler shares with the reader the rich experience of keeping hives in her memoir (and personal survival story)."
About the Author
Jenna Butler is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road (NeWest Press, 2013), Wells (University of Alberta Press, 2012) and Aphelion (NeWest Press, 2010); an award-winning collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge the of Grizzly Trail (Wolsak and Wynn, 2015); and a poetic travelogue, Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard (University of Alberta Press, 2018).
Butler's research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland's Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle onboard an ice-class masted sailing vessel, exploring the ways in which we impact the landscapes we call home. A professor of creative writing and environmental writing at Red Deer College, she lives with seven resident moose and a den of coyotes on an off-grid organic farm in Alberta's North Country.