Written by Denise Deby.
1. The Ottawa International Writers Festival brings more food for thought this month.
Environment and human rights advocate Sheila Watt-Cloutier talks about her book, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015. In the book she connects her life story to the survival of Inuit culture and the need to address climate change.
Check the Writers Festival website for details on this and other upcoming sessions (including Close Encounters with the Natural World on Monday, Apr. 27 with Jennifer Kingsley and Deni Béchard).
2. Octopus Books’ event schedule includes Nothing to Lose But Our Fear: Resistance in Dangerous Times with Fiona Jeffries on Tuesday, Apr. 7, and The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift with Carrie Saxifrage on Monday, Apr. 13. In The Big Swim, Carrie Saxifrage uses her personal experiences and adventures to examine the environment and climate change from different angles.
Update: Carrie Saxifrage will also be at the West End Well Co-op on Sunday, Apr. 12 to talk about The Big Swim.
Any other literary events or environmental books you’d recommend? Let us know.