The End of Summer
The last week of August: a time when we inevitably realize that summer is coming to a close. Though summer is giving us one final blast of heat, we know the end is near.
For the final book club meeting of summer 2014, we will be discussing Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life by local author Brian Brett. If you need any more convincing to come, just read the overview from his website:
“Beginning naked in darkness, Brian Brett moves from the tending of livestock, poultry, orchards, gardens, machinery, and fields to the social intricacies of rural communities and, finally, to an encounter with a magnificent deer in the silver moonlight of a magical farm field. Brett understands both tall tales and rigorous science as he explores the small mixed farm—meditating on the perfection of the egg and the nature of soil while also offering a scathing critique of agribusiness and the horror of modern slaughterhouses. Whether discussing the uses and misuses of gates, examining the energy of seeds, or bantering with his family, farm hands, and neighbours, he remains aware of the miracles of life, birth, and death that confront the rural world every day.”
Speaking of Brian Brett, he just so happens to be this week’s featured author. Born in Vancouver in 1950, Brett studied literature at Simon Fraser University from 1969 to 1974. Writing and publishing since the late 1960s, he has also been involved in an editorial capacity with several publishing firms such as the Governor-General Award winning Blackfish Press.