Join the Artemis Book Club for 2021!

The Artemis 2021 Book Club will read and discuss three women-authored books exploring our connections to the natural world.

We will read these books between May and December and discuss them in virtual groups. Local in-person groups will be lead by ambassadors if possible! Find reading dates and registration links below.

Our booklist includes:

Braiding Sweetgrass – Read from May – July 11th

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.

Discussion Dates (click below to register for one of the three):

I Don’t Know Why I Swallowed the Fly – Read from July – September 13th

Fly fishing is a world filled with dilemmas and triumphs, and Jessica Maxwell tangles her life line in any number of them in this humorous account of her induction into angling. She explores the rich eddies of biology, of women in nature, of the language of river, and of the elusive state of grace she names “quantum fishing.” Culling from her experiences, Maxwell chronicles the traditions, customs, and techniques of the pastime and its curiously fascinating subculture.

Discussion Dates (Registration will open on August 10th):

  • Sunday September 13 6:00 PM Central Time
  • Tuesday September 15 6:00 PM Central Time
  • Thursday September 17 10:00 AM Central Time

Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world. Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman’s narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel’s inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction.

Discussion Dates (Registration will open on November 9th):

  • Sunday December 12 6:00 PM Central Time
  • Tuesday December 14 6:00 PM Central Time
  • Thursday December 16 10:00 AM Central Time