The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
Written by J.B. MacKinnon
Published by Random House Canada
With beautifully lyrical prose, impeccable research, and a menagerie of natural-history lore, this is a completely original meditation on the status of our natural world and its future. MacKinnon takes us deep inside the fascinating field of historical ecology to lay bare an uncomfortable fact: that the nature we claim to love has never really been. Flora and fauna are in a constant state of flux, and we are just one of the many players in its ongoing evolution. A thought-provoking and intensely personal new analysis of our ecological reality, The Once and Future World is top-class nature writing, offering a modest proposal for the health of our planet that every Canadian can embrace.
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is the author or coauthor of four books of nonfiction, one of which, Dead Man in Paradise, won The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. MacKinnon also works in the field of interactive documentaries. He was the writer for Bear 71, which explores the intersection of the wired and wild worlds through the true story of a mother grizzly bear and is working with the CBC on an interactive e-book about the Canadian wilderness. As a journalist, MacKinnon has won more than a dozen national and international awards in categories as varied as essays, science writing, and travelogue. MacKinnon is also a rock climber, mountain biker, snowboarder, and—yes—a birdwatcher. He lives with his partner Alisa Smith in Vancouver, Canada.