This is a paraphrase off my blog, but basically, I was inspired by a recent post on Our Hen House to seek out a vegan/animal rights book club locally, when I couldn't find one, I wanted to make it happen. You want to make it happen? (p.s. as an FYI the TVA also has a book club as I found out later.)
Anyway, if you're interested, we're starting to get organized over here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/355075024600964/
Bla bla bla etc:
Some initial goals for this book club:
A positive respectful space to share, read, learn, and talk about animal friendly literature and non-fiction. This could/would include:
writings and exploring animal ethics through reading
The history of animal activism and movements
Memoirs of important figures
Sharing animal friendly children’s literature (like sharing our favourite short books one month, etc.)
This could also include reading books that are not pro-vegetarian/vegan, but ones that really challenge us. We can take it in whatever direction we want it to go.
A place to learn from our readings and from each other.
A place to potentially see things in a new way.
A place to meet other people interested in animal rights and welfare in a relaxed social, non-academic, atmosphere.
Just a few potential book suggestions:
From current works to classics, to anti-veg works, books exploring captivity, vivisection, and animal liberation movements, There is a lot out there, but here are just a couple possibilities, in no particular order:
Animals and Why They Matter - Mary Midgley
Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory – Carol J. Adams
Animal Liberation – Peter Singer
Brute Science: Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation - Hugh LaFollette & Niall Shanks
What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary – Stephanie Marohn
Death at Seaworld: Shamu and The Dark Side of Whales in Captivity by David Kirby (website for book)
Laika – Nick Abadzis (a graphic novel)
Behind the Dolphin Smile – Rick O’Barry
Any of the books on Vegbooks Kids book list
Books from Rob Laidlaw’s Suggested Reading List
David Sztybel’s top twelve animal activist books
Does that sound good? This is just the beginning, but I’d love to meet and talk books with interested Torontonians, let’s do it!