Conversation with Diana Beresford-Kroeger about her book: To Speak for the Trees

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Library and Archives Canada, the Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Ottawa Public Library invite you to a conversation with Diana Beresford-Kroeger about To Speak for the Trees.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
2 p.m.

Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger's startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in To Speak for the Trees, a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet. 

When Diana Beresford-Kroeger—whose father was a member of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and whose mother was an O'Donoghue, one of the stronghold families who carried on the ancient Celtic traditions—was orphaned as a child, she could have been sent to the Magdalene Laundries. Instead, the O'Donoghue elders, most of them scholars and freehold farmers in the Lisheens Valley in County Cork, took her under their wing. Diana became the last ward under the Brehon Law.

This book is not only the story of a remarkable scientist and her ideas, it harvests all of her powerful knowledge about why trees matter, and why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change. Diana eloquently shows us that if we can understand the intricate ways in which the health and welfare of every living creature is connected to the global forest, and strengthen those connections, we will still have time to mend the self-destructive ways that are leading to drastic fires, droughts and floods.

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Pellan Room, 2nd floor, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
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