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Virtual Book Club: How I Became A Tree

Virtual Book Club: How I Became A Tree

Justine Johnson
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Details & Online Registration

Program information

Join us at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center as we engage with Sumana Roy’s How I Became a Tree on Tuesday, February 8th, 7-8pm ET.  We will gather online via Zoom meeting room for an interactive and reflective gathering of the messages in the book. No need to complete the entire book, as it will be a jumping off point to discuss the interconnectedness of our world. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send more information and details. 

About the Book: Drawn to trees’ wisdom, their nonviolent way of being, their ability to cope with loneliness and pain, Roy movingly explores the lessons that writers, painters, photographers, scientists, and spiritual figures have gleaned through their engagement with trees—from Rabindranath Tagore to Tomas Tranströmer, Ovid to Octavio Paz, William Shakespeare to Margaret Atwood. Her stunning meditations on forests, plant life, time, self, and the exhaustion of being human evoke the spacious, relaxed rhythms of the trees themselves.

About the Author: Sumana Roy is associate professor of English and creative writing at Ashoka University in Haryana, India. She is the author of Missing: A Novel, Out of Syllabus: Poems, and My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories.

Why we love it at Kirkridge: Roy’s is a poet at heart and it shows in how she writes of her love of trees. It reminds us of our humanity and of hope.

The book club will be facilitated by Justine Johnson. Justine works at Kirkridge where she aspires to continue the important work of connecting social justice communities.

Pricing: Kirkridge is committed to providing heartfelt and generous programming that is available to all.  And we need your help to continue doing so.  The cost of providing this program is approximately $15 per person. Please support this program if you are able. We will be grateful if you could contribute an additional amount to help cover the costs of others and as always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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