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"Trevor Herriot makes a passionate and beautiful plea for reconciliation in Towards a Prairie Atonement, a short but powerful meditation on the future of Canada's native prairie lands." Foreword Reviews.
"A brave, heart-breaking book in its unflinching analysis of government policy, colonial violence, and corporate greed."
-- Lorna Crozier
Trevor's latest book,
Islands of Grass, is now in stores and for sale online.
“Like Annie Dillard or Barry Lopez or Sharon Butala – or like Thoreau, come to that – Trevor Herriot writes, and writes beautifully, out of a passionate, almost proprietary concern for the landscape, and out of a sense of its sacredness….”
-- Bill Richardson, The National Post
Towards a Prairie Atonement
Available October 2016
(University of Regina Press, October, 2016)
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"Naturalist Trevor Herriot makes a passionate and beautiful plea for reconciliation in Towards a Prairie Atonement, a short but powerful meditation on the future of Canada's native prairie lands.The book alternates between lyrical, almost elegiac first-person accounts of the Canadian plains and incisive social history of colonial white settlement and displacement and oppression of indigenous peoples. Much of the book follows Herriot’s trip to a communal grassland preserve—like an island surrounded by a sea of monoculture cropland—with a Metis elder named Norman Fleury. Their open, honest, and affectionate relationship offers a touching model of how historical injustices can be addressed between white people and members of indigenous communities. Herriot’s writing sweeps across the page with the same breadth of the prairie he loves, capturing native species, birdsong, and the way grasslands swell and dip into forested ravines. These beautiful descriptions, however, culminate in moments of profound sadness. “But an uneasiness invades my thoughts,” Herriot writes. “There is no peace here because there is no justice.” Essential to the book’s concept of atonement is personal and societal recognition of wrongdoing, pain, and loss. In the author’s own words, such awareness must also be coupled with gratitude for what’s left to build upon. By book’s end,Towards a Prairie Atonement becomes an important call to action for increased prairie conservation and more communal land use."
-- Foreword Reviews.
The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through
Nature, Desire, and Soul
Available in hardcover and e-book now.
(HarperCollins, Patrick Crean editions. April, 2014)
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