“Growing Up Elizabeth May” by Sylvia Olsen & Cate May Burton (June 19)

On June 19, from 4pm to 5:15pm Atlantic (noon – 1:15pm Pacific), join the WFNS in celebrating the launch of Growing Up Elizabeth May: The Making of an Activist (Orca Book Publishers) by Sylvia Olsen and Cate May Burton. Joining will be Stephanie Domet, as host, and a special guest!

Before most people had thought about pollution, Elizabeth May was an anti-pollution activist. Before most people had heard about environmentalism, she was an environmentalist. As a young girl, Elizabeth was worried about the health of the planet. She believed it was her job to protect it. “I have to do something” became the principle she lived by.

Growing Up Elizabeth May: The Making of an Activist tells the story of Elizabeth’s life and what motivated her to take action for the environment. Co-written by Elizabeth’s daughter Cate, this book is full of quotes, art, and poetry from young activists as well as tips for making change in your own community. Part biography and part blueprint for activists in the making, this book shows how Elizabeth continues to inspire young people today to stand up for the planet.

Sylvia Olsen is an award-winning author of many books, including young adult novels, first readers, picture books, histories, and personal essays. She also writes about knitting and designs knitting patterns. Sylvia teaches First Nations housing management at Vancouver Island University and works toward creating new housing opportunities on reserves in Canada. Sylvia lives in North Saanich, British Columbia on W_SÁNEC territory.

Cate May Burton is a PhD student in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She works as a substitute elementary teacher for Burnaby Schools, and she volunteers with the eco-social education non-profit Be The Change Earth Alliance. She received her MA in gender studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, on unceded Musqueam land. This is her first book publication.

Stephanie Domet is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her novels Homing and Fallsy Downsies were published by Invisible. She is at work on a third. Her middle-grade readers book Amazing Atlantic Canadian Women, co-written with Penelope Jackson, will be released by Nimbus in fall 2021. She is the co-executive director and co-founder of the AfterWords Literary Festival. She lives on unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaki, where she is forever feeding her sourdough starter and sewing a handmade wardrobe.

The event is free and will be held on Zoom. Register below to receive the link to attend.

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