Incite: February 17

7:30pm on Wednesday February 17, 2016
Admission is free. Click here to register

Alice McKay Room, VPL Central Branch

Note: Although the focus of the event is food and cooking, sadly we cannot offer refreshments at this event. Our apologies for any confusion! 

The Writers:

Jenna Butler (AB)
Jenna Butler is the author of three books of poetry and ten short collections with small presses. Butler teaches creative writing and eco-criticism at Red Deer College. In the summer, she and her husband live on a small organic farm near the historic Grizzly Trail in northern Alberta.

A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail
In 2006, Jenna Butler and her partner purchased “160 acres, more or less” of rough northern bush. They knew they weren’t purchasing anything more than hard work and hope, but still they headed up every weekend to clear a spot in those woods where they could plant their first crops. With wit and warmth, Butler shares the story of this remarkable farm and the people who live and work there.


Stephen Le (US) 
Stephen Le is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa. He received a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010 where he was a recipient of a UCLA Chancellor's Fellowship and a National Science Foundation grant for his fieldwork in Vietnam.

100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today
In 100 Million Years of Food, biological anthropologist Stephen Le travels to places as far-flung as Vietnam, Kenya, India, and introduces us to people who are growing, cooking, and eating food using both traditional and modern methods, striving for a sustainable, healthy diet. In clear, compelling arguments based on scientific research, Le contends that our ancestral diets provide the best first line of defense in protecting our health and providing a balanced diet. 

Susan Musgrave (BC) 
Susan Musgrave is the author of 19 books of poetry, numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, and several books for children. In 2014, she received the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life from the Writers' Trust of Canada. She lives in Masset, Haida Gwaii where she is the proprietor of Copper Beech House. 

A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting on the Edge of the World
In her first cookbook, Susan Musgrave uses her humour and incisive wit to bring cooking and living on the former Queen Charlotte Islands to life with stories gathered over decades. With its evocative tales and wild cuisine, this book offers a unique take on food that could only be developed living off the coast of British Columbia.