Author page: Gail Picco

What’s it like to live on the streets?

Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines, Ed. James Hughes. James Lorimer & Company Ltd On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty, Dr Gillian Robers and Jaime Casap, Illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, Orca Book Publishers Homelessness in Canada—News from the Frontline By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (February 22, 2020) Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the…

A widening gap between the rich and poor—the new Canadian ‘normal’

by Sharon Broughton, February 18, 2020 The Age of Increasing Inequality: The Astonishing Rise of Canada’s 1%, Lars Osberg, Lorimer, February 19, 2019, 248 pp., $25.71 What kind of Canada do we want for the future of our children?  Does the increasing inequality between the top 1% and all those left behind matter for our human rights and democracy?  According to renowned Canadian…

Noble Truths: Now and Next

Conversations with Buddha: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts, Joan Duncan Oliver with forward by Annie Lennox Ingenious: The Unintended Cost of Human Innovation, Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson Imagined conversations on suffering, impermanence, and karma by Lucy White (February 14, 2020) Conversations with Buddha: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical, Joan Duncan Oliver with forward by Annie Lennox, Watkins Publishing, Reprint…

A lifeline during an information tsunami

by Nicole Salmon (February 11, 2020) Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus, Joseph McCormack, Wiley, December 5, 2019, 304 pp., $29.70 If you feel bombarded or aimlessly adrift in a sea of information, Joseph McCormack’s latest book Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus will feel like a lifeline amidst an information tsunami.  McCormack is the Managing Director and Founder of…

“Anything that can lift wretched children out of woeful ignorance”

My Dinner with Dickens By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (February 7, 2020) Conversations with Dickens: A Fictional Dialogue Based on Biographical Facts, Paul Schlicke, Forward by Peter Ackroyd, Watkins, November 12, 2019, 118 pp, $16.95 Conversations with Dickens is a treat for anyone who has ever asked, “if I could have dinner with someone famous, alive or dead, who would it be?”  Part of…

I blended my bedside reading—and discovered it’s all about work!

By Maryann Kerr (January 4, 2020) Believership, The Superpower Beyond Leadership Volume 1: The Experience, Mike Vacanti, Dog Ear Publishing, September 10, 2019, 150 pp., $26.41 The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work, Lisa Taylor and Fern Lebo, Rotman-UTP Publishing April 9, 2019, 248 pp., $29.39 Fear of Falling, The Inner Life of The Middle Class, Barbara Ehrenreich, Twelve; Reprint edition January 7, 2020, 416…

Frank talk from grammar to grant writing

Grammar as blood sport By Diane Hill (January 29, 2020) Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English, N.M. Gwynne, Vintage, November 26, 2019, 288 pp., $21.00 I am a writer with a shameful secret: Grammar makes me nervous.  I know the basic parts of speech—nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives—but their precise definition sometimes elude me. I…

How far up the river do you really want to go?

By Gail Picco (January 28, 2020) Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath, Avid Reader Press, March 3, 2020, 320 pp., $36.97 In my line of work, as a fundraiser and charity strategist, I spend a fair amount of time planning how to respond when things go wrong or when objections are raised. Because as campaign-tested professionals know,…

The diversity industry is thriving, even if diversity itself is not

By Roger Ali (January 23, 2020) Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, Pamela Newkirk, Bold Type Books, October 22, 2019, 272 pp., $30.28 Diversity, Inc. by award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk shines a bright light on the diversity industry, gives examples of successes and asks tough questions about what has been effective and why progress has been slow. She has devoted…

Please heed the call

by Gail Picco (January 21, 2020) No one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg, Penguin UK, July 30, 2019, 80 pp., $7.45 When you see climate scientist, Greta Thunberg, on TV, it is striking how diminutive she is, a child really, one seemingly sent by Mother Nature herself to tell the world our time is practically up. A child…