Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 in
Published: August 31, 2012
Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1553657926
ISBN - 13: 9781553657927
From the Publisher
Winner of the BC National Award for Non-Fiction, and short-listed for both the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and the 2011 Hilary Weston Writer''s Trust Award.
Eating Dirt is an extended postcard from the cut blocks—a vivid portrayal of one woman''s life planting trees, her insights into the forest industry and its environmental implications, and a celebration of the wonder of trees.
Charlotte Gill spent almost twenty years working as a tree planter in the forests of Canada. During her million-tree career, she encountered hundreds of clear-cuts, each one a collision site between human civilization and the natural world. Charged with sowing the new forest in these clear-cuts, tree planters are a tribe caught between the stumps and the virgin timber, between environmentalists and loggers. Also available in paperback.
About the Author
Charlotte Gill is the author of the story collection Ladykiller, a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and winner of the Danuta Gleed Award and the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in many Canadian magazines, Best Canadian Stories, and The Journey Prize Stories, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Her narrative non-fiction has been nominated for Western and National Magazine Awards. She lives in Powell River, British Columbia.
"Vancouver author, Charlotte Gill is a tree-planting veteran, and in "Eating Dirt" she paints a poetic picture of a sometimes gritty occupation. Without glossing over the laborious reality of tree-planting, Gill pens an elegant and beautiful ode to a job she worked and loved for 20 years." -- Shameless Magazine "...Gill worked as a tree-planter for 20 years, and all I can say is: she should have been writing.Well, maybe not, because then we wouldn't have gotten this incredible memoir..."Eating Dirt" exposes what life is like planting trees, peels away the bark to the soft underbelly, and the result is a beautiful and brutal exploration of a unique career and the people who choose it." -- In the Next Room "Following the seasonal work cycle of a B.C. tree planter, Gill is an alert, eagle-eyed observer. Her writing is poetic and raw, weaving a story of people, economics, the environmental scars of deforestation, human desires, up-close grizzly mom and cub encounters, turbulent boat rides in stormy seas, grimy laundry and prune-y blisters." -- Alpine Club of Canada "'Eating Dirt'...brims with striking sensation and description...Gill turns a subject that might seem narrow and confined into a lyrical essay about labor and rest, decay and growth." -- Smithsonian Magazine "Charlotte Gill writes with a dexterity and nobility that soars. This is the best book, on several fronts, that I've read in a long time." -- Elliot Bay Bookstore "[A]