Rooted in the Earth

Congratulations to fellow blogger and film buff, Dianne Glave, whose non-fiction book, Rooted in the Earth was released August 1st by Lawrence Hill Books!

I first came across Dianne Glave’s writing through her blog when I read her amazingly perceptive review of the sci-fi/horror melodrama, Splice, a movie that for film bloggers had to be the most talked-about box-office bomb of the summer.  Her unique environmentalist spin on the film drew me in, and I quickly found that her love of film was matched by her passion for the environment.  Glave’s film reviews are unlike anything out there on the web, and she serves up filet-mignon style observations on typically fast-food entertainment.  Until I read Glave’s reviews, I never thought I would think so deeply about films like Iron Man 2where she argues the film promotes a destructive environmental policy and mirrors our BP spill crisis in the Gulf.  Or take for instance Glave’s spin on Predators where she discusses Survival of the Fittest and a new fractured vision of Paradise.  She also features posts on music, photography, books and current events tied to environmentalism.

While her blog should be of special interest to cineasts and bloggers looking for reviews and opinions with greater substance, her new book should be of interest for those involved with or who are students of African-American Studies and/or The Environmentalist Movement.

From the Amazon.com product description:

“In Rooted in the Earth, environmental historian Dianne D. Glave overturns the stereotype that a meaningful attachment to nature and the outdoors is contrary to the black experience. In tracing the history of African Americans’ relationship with the environment, emphasizing the unique preservation-conservation aspect of black environmentalism, and using her storytelling skills to re-create black naturalists of the past, Glave reclaims the African-American heritage of the land. This book is a groundbreaking, important first step toward getting back into nature, not only for personal growth but for the future of the planet.”

Dianne is also calling for submissions to her Shades of Nature Blog Carnival where she is looking for posts/reviews of books that could be considered environmental fiction.  For example, I submitted past reviews of Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, both which deal with how human beings interact with, shape and are shaped by their environment.

Congrats, again, Dianne!  And thanks for being a part of The Spin!

David H. Schleicher

Purchase Rooted in the Earth from Amazon.com

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