Books from the Deep Green 35.3

Published: May 2009

20 books in review, 11 teasers, 2 excerpts, 3 essays, 13 staff favourites and 20 bestsellers. Featuring a whopping total of 77 new releases and timeless classics, our 2nd annual issue on environmental books is the ultimate guide to green reading.

Are you wondering what to put on your reading list this summer? Well, you are looking in the right place. Short and long reviews of over 30 new environmental titles, along with excerpts of Vandana Shiva’s latest title, Soil Not Oil, and Alphabet City’s visionary book FUEL light up the pages of this issue. Stephen Bocking exposes how government and industry manipulate science, Susan Scott reflects on the indispensable role of literature in creating lasting change, and lots, lots more.

 Read selected articles and web extras from this issue

Here's what else you get when you buy the issue:

Books In Brief
11 bite-sized book reviews.

Letters to the Editor 

The Greatest Nature Essay Ever - Brian Doyle

Soil Not Oil - Vandana Shiva
Environmental justice in an age of climate crisis.

A Thousand Words
A page from the sketchbook of 100-mile journalist Briony Penn.

FUEL - John Knechtel
Writers, artists and thinkers envision a post-oil and post-coal future.

New and Notable: Book Reviews

Review: Choreographing Sustainable Communities - Chris Lowry
Design Charettes for Sustainable Communities by Patrick M. Condon Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive by Marilyn Hamilton

Review: Jellyfish 'n' Chips - David Lavigne
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe

Review: Legally Green - Clayton Ruby
An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy in Canada by Paul Muldoon, Alastair Lucas, Robert B. Gibson and Peter Pickfield
Defending the Environment: Civil Society Strategies to Enforce International Environmental Law by Linda A. Malone and Scott Pasternack

Review: The World Without Wildlife - Mark Butler
Silence of the Songbirds: How We are Losing the World's Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them by Bridget Stutchbury
Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William Stolzenburg

Restoration - Tim Lilburn
Poetry bridges the gap between human consciousness and the animal world.

Publication of this issue was made possible by The Gosling Foundation; The Salamander Foundation; and the support from our many subscribers. We acknowledge the financial support of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (; EJLB Foundation; Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; The McLean Foundation; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Trillium Foundation; Ontario Work Study Plan. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage toward our project costs. The support of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Environmental Studies Endowment Foundation is appreciated.'

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Books from the Deep Green 35.3