J.B. MacKinnon, author of the bestseller The 100-Mile Diet will be at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt next Saturday, April 5, to read from his new work The Once and Future World.
His earlier book, co-authored with Alisa Smith, described their experience of living for a year on a diet of food produced within 100 miles of Vancouver. The book was the basis of a TV series, Food Network Canada, and now the concept of local eating has taken a firm hold on the popular imagination.
The Once and Future World promises to capture the public's attention again with the idea of rewilding. MacKinnon describes the degradation of the environment and the loss of wilderness, but points out that this has been happening for a very long time, and takes heart from the resilience of nature and from the possibility of reintroducing wilderness into our increasingly urban world.
MacKinnon's writing has been widely acclaimed. As a journalist with articles ranging from sports to war zones, from science to travel, he has received more than 12 national magazine awards. His first book, Dead Man in Paradise, which describes his search for those responsible for his uncle's death in the Dominican Republic, was awarded the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.
The reading, presented by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, starts at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation.