Author page: Gail Picco

Climate Change Edition: The high cost of “disaster capitalism”

by Katherine Verhagen Rodis (October 10, 2019) The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America’s Coasts by Gilbert M. Gaul, Sarah Crichton Books, September 3, 2019, 304 pp, $38.00  Tropical storms are increasing in their intensity, causing more devastation in their path. Gilbert M. Gaul, in his recent book, The Geography of Risk (2019), stresses that “Many of the hurricanes…

Climate Change Edition: Klein’s book is a must read with advice on how we can avert disaster

By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (October 9, 2019) On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, Knopf Canada, September 17, 2019, 309 pp, $24.75 “We have been trained to see our issues in silos; they never belonged there.” (Naomi Klein, February 2019) Regardless of whether or not you work in an environmental arm of the charitable sector, you need to read…

Climate Change Edition: The Reality of Climate Anxiety

By Juniper Locilento (October 7, 2019) The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, Tim Duggan Books (Feb. 19 2019), February 19, 2019, 320 pp, $30.90 Climate anxiety is real.  As I’ve been reading David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth these past few weeks, I found myself falling into a funk, questioning all of my individual choices and wondering about their implications. I had been looking forward to this book because I wanted context for…

Indigenous Non-Fiction: We Have a History

Reviewed this week: This Place: 150 Years Re-told with a forward by Alicia Elliott and work from 20 writers, illustrators and colourists is a breathtaking graphic anthology featuring 10 Indigenous stories re-told. Edgar Villanueva’s Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance is one of the most important books written on philanthropy in the past year. Indigenous Relations: Insights Tips and Suggestions to Make…

Podcasting? Grant writing? Here are guides to both.

A proper guide to starting a podcast—friendly, but stern   By Cindy Wagman (September 26, 2019) So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen by Kristen Meinzer, William Morrow, August 6, 2019, 224 pp, $22.69 Podcasting seems to be on the tip of everyone’s lips these days. With good reason—podcasting is a great way to…

Are you managing? Two of the season’s best titles will get you to a resounding yes.

A non-profit management boot camp in a book By Sharon Broughton (September 20, 2019) Nonprofit Management 101:  A complete and practical guide for leaders and professionals – 2ndedition, Edited by Darian Rodriguez Heyman and Laila Brenner, Wiley, August 30, 2019, 576 pp, $41.58 Described as “essential resources, tools and hard-earned wisdom from 55 leading experts,” this 576 page tome is non-profit management boot camp in…

Jesse’s Thistle’s “From the Ashes” climbs up the bestseller list

We are so thrilled that Jesse Thistle’s memoir From the Ashes is catching Canada by storm. In case you missed it, here is Sharon Broughton’s compelling review, originally published on August 15, 2019. (Gail Picco-Editor) A story about the essential connection of culture and heritage to wellbeing and self-esteem Reviewed by Sharon Broughton (First published August 15, 2019) From the Ashes: My…

How we know what we know

Happy September!  Class is now in session. This week, we’ve picked three books that were written to give us the analysis we need to make sense out of the crazy talk that seems to have enveloped our world. In her look at Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, Maryann Kerr takes us…

Books we want to read by people we want to hear from

It’s high summer. Reading is pure luxury. Like being able to eat the entire chocolate bar. Our minds are elastic. Ready to consider more of everything. We’ve picked three compelling books for you this week. Two are from Indigenous authors who give searing personal accounts of the impact of our country’s historic treatment of Indigenous people. Both of these exquisitely rendered memoirs…