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The Nature in Colour book group is run by Jess and meets every six weeks to discuss books centering nature, environment, climate and ecology written by writers of colour.
Our place in different landscapes, the ties between us and the non-human world, and how these connections are viewed, controlled or depicted, are all framed by structural oppression and bias. Writers of colour are forced to challenge (and have long done so) confining models for what it means to write 'about the environment', bringing interdependence, issues of justice and radical change to the fore.
For our next meeting on July 18th, we'll be reading the multiple award-winning fantasy novel The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
We'll be reading fiction, non-fic and much in-between. This is a book group that centers the experience and views of writers of colour. Please bear your own position and experience in mind when taking part. All views are valued, and most welcome, but if you don't identify as a reader of colour, please do leave space in discussions for readers of colour to respond first.
The book group is primarily virtual but we'll arrange a couple of in-person gatherings through the year to give us a chance to build connections and get to know each other.
Please order your copy of The Fifth Season from the bookshop - which supports the books and helps us cover the cost of running bookclub - get a 10% discount using code MUSHROOM-LIKE-TENDRILS If you're broke please do use our pay-it-forward fund (the code is SOLIDARITY-BOOK-LOVE at checkout) or support your local library.
About The Fifth Season:
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS . . . FOR THE LAST TIME. IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
For more inspiration, check out our Nature in Colour reading list for Earth Day 2022 here. A few of these books are likely to appear as reads in the book group!