OPL and Writers Festival hosting authors of essential 2017 books about food


OPL and Writers Festival hosting authors of essential 2017 books about food

Date(s) - Thursday, May 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meadowview Barn, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


May 15, 2017

OPL and Writers Festival hosting authors of essential 2017 books about food

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library, in partnership the Ottawa International Writers Festival, is pleased to present an exciting author event as part of OPL’s à la carte food literacy project on Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Join Sarah Elton, award-winning author of Meatless?, and David Waltner-Toews writer-veterinarian-epidemiologist and author of Eat the Beetles! as they discuss their latest books and examine some of the food choices people can make.

You are invited to hear and meet these talented food writers and researchers share their knowledge and join in a conversation families, foodies and eaters of all ages about our relationship with the food on our plates.

WHAT:             à la carte: The Food on Your Plate

WHO:               Sarah Elton, author of Meatless?: A Fresh Look at What You Eat, and

David Waltner-Toews, author of Eat the Beetles!: An Exploration of our Conflicted Relationship with Insects

WHEN:             Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:           Meadowview Barn, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, 901 Prince of Wales (Building 95)

HOW:               Free with registration

BONUS:           OPL cardholders will go home with a tomato plant for home growing!

Consider vegetarianism with celebrated author and journalist Sarah Elton. Humans are eating more meat than ever before. At the same time, vegetarianism is capturing more widespread attention. From Meatless Mondays to vegan options, people are talking more about meat and whether or not to eat it. Elton tackles the topic in her book for children Meatless? by explaining what vegetarianism is, why people choose it, and how their reasons—including religion, animal rights, food security, and the environmental cost of eating meat—have changed over time. As a conflicted meat eater herself, Elton encourages freedom to choose.

Is entomophagy an option? Would eating insects change the world for the better? There are millions and millions of them and many fewer of the rest of us — mammals, birds, and reptiles. Since before recorded history, humans have eaten insects. While many get squeamish at the idea, David Waltner-Toews suggests that entomophagy — people eating insects — is a possible way to ensure a sustainable and secure food supply for the eight billion of us on the planet. Waltner-Toews examines the cultural, ecological, and evolutionary history of entomophagy is his new book Eat the Beetles!


This event is taking place as part of OPL’s food literacy project — à la carte — which is supported by the Government of Ontario.

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter Twitter.com/OPL_BPO and like us on Facebook Facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. If it’s out there, it’s in here!

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