This week’s recommended readings are a departure from the previous week’s theme of food. This diverse selection presents elements of light, spirit, honesty, and an artist who embodied all of these traits, Emily Carr.
“A Promise is a Promise” by Robert Munsch & Michael Kusugak. Art by Vladyana Krykorka.
Reason: Robert Munsch is an incredible children’s author and this book is another one of Munsch’s classics. This story is a delightful read with wonderful drawings to accompany it. The book involves Inuit culture which provides a learning aspect to this story. This is a fun book to introduce to young readers as well as for those nostalgic for childhood books.
Shop Code: 4050100105
Meghan: “Spirit of Haida Gwaii- Bill Reid’s Masterpiece”, by Ulli Steltzer (Foreword by Bill Reid, Introduction by Robin Laurence)
Reason: I was drawn to this book because it gives a behind the scenes tour of Bill Reid’s famous sculpture, ‘The Spirit of Haida Gwaii’. The sculpture, a six meter long bronze canoe overflowing with creatures from Haida mythology (which is featured on the Canadian $20 bill) is majestically captured by Ulli Steltzer’s striking black and white photography.
Shop Code: 571010033
“Light at the Edge of the World,” by Wade Davis
Reason: Wade Davis has led a life of adventure and travel that few could dare dream of. A brilliant anthropologist, Davis has created a compelling argument to treasure the differences between people, showing through the studies of Peruvian sacred plants and Haitian zombification rituals the value of traditional knowledge and world views.
Shop Code: 5710100127
“Klee Wyck”, by Emily Carr
Reason: I enjoyed this book because it’s a firsthand account of the life of Emily Carr. She was an extraordinary character and pushed both artistic and cultural boundaries for her time.
Shop Code: 5710016