Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests
296 pages | 978-1-928088-75-2
With intimacy and humour award-winning poet Ariel Gordon walks us through the streets of Winnipeg and into the urban forest that is, to her, the city’s heart. Along the way she shares with us the lives of these urban trees, from the grackles and cankerworms of the spring, to the flush of mushrooms on stumps in the summer and through to the red-stemmed dogwood of the winter. After grounding us in native elms and ashes, Gordon travels to BC's northern Rockies, to Banff National Park and a cattle farm in rural Manitoba, and helps us to consider what we expect of nature. Whether it is the effects of climate change on the urban forest or foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease in the trees or squirrels in the living room, Gordon delves into our relationships with the natural world with heart and style. In the end, the essays circle back to the forest, where the weather is always better and where the reader can see how to remake even the trees that are lost.
Consternation under the canopy (Jen Zoratti, Winnipeg Free Press, 14/06/2019)
"This would have been tall grass prairie," [Ariel] says of her neighbourhood. "I think on the conundrum of what it means to live on the Prairies, and be born and raised on the Prairies and have never seen the tall grass prairies."
'We're a treed city': Winnipegger explores relationship with trees in new book (CBC News, 27/05/2019)
"My message is … pay attention to the trees. Realize you're living alongside these amazing old beings. But also … let's maybe work more to protect them."
19 works of Canadian nonfiction to check out in spring 2019 (CBC Books, 28/01/2019)
Ariel's book is listed of non-fiction to look forward to this spring.
Most Anticipated: Our Spring 2019 Nonfiction Preview (Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf, 21/01/2019)
Ariel's book makes the 49th Shelf's list of most anticipated non-fiction spring titles.
Spring preview 2019: History, food & drink, science, culture, politics, and more (Quill & Quire, Spring 2019)
Ariel's book is listed in the Quill's Spring Preview.
A book trailer for Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests.
What to Read with Chris Hall (Classic 107, 07/06/2019)
Chris Hall shares McNally Robinson's June selections.
About the Author
Ariel Gordon is the author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Recent projects include the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times, co-edited with Tanis MacDonald and Rosanna Deerchild, and the third installment of the National Poetry Month in the Winnipeg Free Press project. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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