Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe
Written by Charlotte Gill
Published by Greystone Books in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation
Only a writer as skilled as Charlotte Gill could make the back-breaking work of planting more than a million seedlings sound like one of lifeís essential adventures. In a carefully balanced story of science, business, and friendship, and one that is surprisingly unsentimental, Gill shares her love for Canadaís boreal forests, the tragedy of their disappearances and the grueling work involved in replacing them. Reader, you might finish this book feeling relieved you donít plant trees ó but you will be wishing you could.
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Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe won the BC Book Prize for non-fiction last month and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writersí Trust Prize for Nonfiction in 2011. She is the author of the short story collection Ladykiller, a finalist for the Governor Generalís Literary Award for fiction, and winner of the Danuta Gleed Award and the BC Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Short Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines. She lives in Vancouver.