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From the Library – Participate in the Next Hoopla Huddle Book Discussion and Get Ready for Rochester Reads with Braiding Sweetgrass in September 2021

Writers & Books will host this year’s Rochester Reads activities with a community discussion and events centered around Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants in October. But first, the Hoopla Huddle Book Discussion Group will get together (via Zoom) to discuss the book in September.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as “the younger brothers of creation.”

As she explores these themes, she circles toward a central argument: The awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.

If you’d like to join the discussion at 6:00 PM on Monday, September 27, please register now through our Event Calendar. Participants will receive an email with the login information for Zoom before the meeting begins.

Braiding Sweetgrass is now available to download through Hoopla as an ebook or an audiobook. You also have the option of reserving a print copy through the Online Catalog.

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