During a conversation-filled trail run in the UBC Endowment Lands last week, Genieve Burley and I had the idea to start Mindful Book Club. What better way to get a group of friends together and fill our brains with valuable information?! We’ve been inspired by a handful of books — largely focused on ethical eating, animal agriculture and the environment — whose messages we want to help spread.
We’re passionate to grow and become more informed about these issues and want to encourage our friends to join us on this mission.
Here’s how Mindful Book Club works: we started by inviting a handful of friends to join us once a month, in one of our homes, where we’ll eat appetizers and drink wine…and discuss the book! It’ll be cozy, fun, eye-opening and delicious.
Our homes are only so big, and while we’d love to have you all over, we just won’t all fit. In lieu of the in-person experience, however, we’d love to invite you to form your own Mindful Book Club group and read along with us! If you are passionate about ethical eating, you’ll enjoy our selections. So, go ahead and email your friends about the club, then set your date! Our first club meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 26th. You could aim for then? The following day at 8pm PST, we’ll have an online Twitter chat using hashtag #MindfulBook. Throughout the month, you can share your favourite quotes and facts from the book using the same hashtag.
What Are We Reading?
Our very first book is Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi.
“Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors.
Sonia Faruqi, an Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she came to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life: a commitment to change things.
Driven by impulsive will and searing passion, Sonia left behind everything she knew and loved to search the planet for solutions to benefit animals, health, and the environment. Over the course of living with farmers, hitchhiking with strangers, and risking her life, she developed surprising insights and solutions—both about the food industry and herself.
Lively and heartfelt, Sonia takes readers on an unforgettable adventure from top-secret egg warehouses in Canada to dairy feedlots in the United States, from farm offices in Mexico to lush pastures in Belize, from flocks of village chickens in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia.
Revelatory in scope, Project Animal Farm illuminates a hidden world that plays a part in all of our lives.”
We hope you’ll join Mindful Book Club!! To join the email list (and receive book updates), email Erin at erin at itstodiefor dot ca. Happy reading!
-Erin & Genieve