The Reading Circle

Join us every month as we read and discuss books and essays that speak to our individual and collective well being, and to reflect on how to practice it in our busy cities.

This will include writings on themes that connect us to each other and the natural world even as we celebrate the beauty and fragility of our existence.

What’s Brewing

  • We’ll discuss one book/essay every month
  • Share your favourites excerpts and quotes on the ‘Reading Circle’ WhatsApp group
  • Don’t worry if you haven’t read the whole book. We’ll send out a summary one week prior to our Reading Circle meeting.
  • Join us on Zoom for an hour long discussion

January 2021

How to Be a Good Creature: A memoir in thirteen animals by Sy Montgomery.

Through this book, Sy explores themes like the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world. Read the summary and discussion themes here.

February 2021

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

“This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.” With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Read the summary and discussion themes here.

March 2021

A book cover of Wintering by Katherine May

Wintering by Katherine May

Wintering is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Katherine May thoughtfully shows us how to come through these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life. Read the summary and discussion themes here.

April 2021

Cover page of the book braiding sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return.