Green Books Campaign: From a Speaking Place

10 Nov


This review is part of the Green Books campaign . Today 100 bloggers are reviewing 100 great books printed in an environmentally friendly way. Our goal is to encourage publishers to get greener and readers to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books. This campaign is organized by Eco-Libris, a  a green company working to green up the book industry by promoting the adoption of green practices, balancing out books by planting trees, and supporting green books. A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website .

From A Speaking Place: Writings from the First Fifty Years of Canadian Literature
Published by Ronsdale Press

When I signed up to be a part of Green Books Campaign, I was very excited.  I buy a lot of  books and quite often I feel guilty about the environmental impact my little addiction has. What better way to promote green book making and buying than having 100 bloggers review books published by green publishers?

Ronsdale Press published a great looking book called From A Speaking Place: Writings from the First Fifty Years of Canadian Literature. As a reader and a writer, I was very excited to delve into this book.  Printed using both recycled paper and FSC certified paper, it’s doubly responsible.

Now, since this event is book bloggers reviewing books for the Green Book Campaign, I imagine you are expecting a review, right? Unfortunately I only received the book last night and while I am a fast reader, I’m not that fast. So instead of a review of why I liked the book, here are a few reasons why I am looking forward to reading it.

As a writer, I am always looking for books to help me not only improve my art, but to understand it better. So many people think that writers just get up and write, the words flowing effortlessly.  While this may sometimes be the case, most of us have to practice, using different techniques and exercises to get the words out. Writers also read books on writings and literature, so I knew that this book would be right up my alley.

Canadian Literature is Canada’s “it” magazine when it comes to writing. Offering up articles, book critiques and poetry, most, if not all, Canadian book lovers and readers have heard of it. This volume celebrates the first 50 years of Canadian Literature and at over 400 pages includes what some of the best articles written during that time.

I’m really looking forward to sitting down and reading From A Speaking Place. And I know once I am done it will find a nice, snug spot with all my other writing books.


6 Responses to “Green Books Campaign: From a Speaking Place”

  1. Melanie November 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    This book does sound amazing. I’ll be looking for it as I love to read these kind of articles and this sounds like a good one to be able to dip into as you find time.

  2. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) November 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting book about writing. fun.

  3. Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities November 11, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Too bad you didn’t get it in time for the campaign. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Allison November 11, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    That’s such a great idea! But – how do you know which books have been published in a green way?

    • lavenderlines November 11, 2009 at 9:29 am #

      On the front cover where all the publishing information, it will state if it was printed using recycled paper. Also, green publishers will have a blurb about it on their home page.
      I think they should also have a sticker on the cover saying it’s an environmentally responsible book, like they do with notebooks and clothing.


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