NU Café - Book Club

NU Cafe Book Club

What’s better than a book and coffee? Reading it with your friends in the NU Café, that’s what! Starting the week of May 10th, grab your hard copy or digital copy of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer and start reading. In July we will meet virtually to chat about the book. We will select a new book every eight weeks. We have chosen a wide range of books to vote on for every type of reader. We look forward to connecting with you to read this award-winning novel.  

How do I join? 

Sign up for the Book Club here and start reading the latest selection. Each round you get to select the book we read. To vote on which book to read in July click the poll we have created here. It only takes a few moments to cast your vote for our next selection. 

Does it cost anything?  

The book club is free; all you will need to do is provide your own copy of the chosen selection. Check your local public library for a copy or if you are living in North Bay, the Harris Learning Library may have a copy so be sure to check their website here

How often will you meet?  

A new book will be chosen every eight weeks at our Book Club chat and an email will go out to let you know what was chosen. You have two months to read the selection. Book Club chats will happen through the NU Café, so check the Office Hours tab for meeting times and dates.  

What book should I be reading now?  

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  As a botanist, 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 two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

To sign up for the discussion questions to guide you through the book, fill out the Google Form here

What is the book about?

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: 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 will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

Join the NU Café and start reading today!